Confex-led Association Summit attracts 11 trade bodies

MPI UK Chapter is backing the event in September

MPI UK Chapter incoming president Anthiny Hyde is backing the inaugural Association Summit
MPI UK Chapter incoming president Anthiny Hyde is backing the inaugural Association Summit

The inaugural Confex Association Summit has so far attracted 11 event industry associations.

Confex Group is organising the summit, which is designed to unite the myriad event industry trade bodies and is being held on 21 September at the Macdonald Burlington in Birmingham.

MPI is among the associations attending the summit, and its UK Chapter incoming president Anthony Hyde said the event would provide the industry with an opportunity to co-operate and determine methods of lobbying government as a unified force.

"All of the associations have their own niche and if we each individually go banging on the door of the Government we won't get heard," said Hyde. "This summit is about creating a strong collective voice for lobbying and to set objectives for the future."

HBAA executive director Peter Ducker said his association was attending the summit because it would help fellow associations identify common ground.

"Each association has a slightly different agenda but there's more common ground than not and the summit will provide a formal way for us to communicate and discuss trends, and work on training and development for the industry," he said.

AEV director Tom Treverton said the summit would provide the opportunity to learn about fellow associations and the mutually beneficial ways in which they could work together.

Eventia chief executive Izania Downie said the summit represented a good idea to "get more lined-up strategy and actions between the industry associations".

"We have been working and talking with key players over the past 18 months to work out how we can align ourselves more closely without losing focus for our members," she said. "It is going to be a hard task to create an umbrella that represents all fragments of our industry, but it is something for which we should put aside individual agendas and try to make it happen."


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