"The Business Visits & Events Partnership (BVEP) does not support the UK Events Week presently, as it has not been consulted or discussed with the Partnership and is unlikely to be considered prior to the next partnership meeting in February 2016.
I think it should be made clear that this is an entirely commercial initiative on the part of MashMedia/Confex whereas Britain for Events, which we wholeheartedly continue to support, is a largely not-for-profit industry wide initiative of which National Events Month in October is but one part. We would have liked to have discussed the BVEP and industry’s role in UK Events Week as the operation of two separate event campaigns is likely to cause unnecessary and unhelpful confusion within the industry and amongst buyers at a time when industry unity is key to building on existing initiatives, such as the newly reformed All Party Parliamentary Group and the Events Industry Board."
Michael Hirst OBE
Chair, the Business Visits & Events Partnership