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Juliet Price, Consultant Executive Director, and Former MP and Rapiergroup MD Nick de Bois recently took part in a discussion about Brexit’s impact on the event industry.

Speaking at discussion forum EventHuddle, the former chief of staff to former Brexit secretary Dominic Raab said that no deal would be challenging, but not the end of the world, and advised event professionals to prepare for it by reading the government’s technical advice.

Juliet Price of the HBAA, who said that staffing issues were top of the agenda for the association’s member.

Hospitality companies are crying out for young talent. Right now, a skills shortage exists in the industry which hospitality employers can exploit with the introduction of more youth-friendly programmes. Young people aged 16 to 24 represent the single largest talent pool available in the market, and one of the best ways to harness this demographic is through undergraduate schemes.

How integrated do you feel on work trips? These days, an increasing number of business travellers seek a sense of belonging from both their accommodation and the destinations they visit.  

The much talked about bleisure has blurred the boundaries between business and leisure, and meant that people want more from their overseas assignments than just a place to stay.

I believe we should inspire young poeple to take their futures into their own hands, whatever their starting point in life. There are so many ways this can be done and often it's the samllest and simplest interventions that have the furthest reaching impact.

The work we do is so much more powerful when we connect, collaborate and ahre our knowldge with others. This is something I feel strongly about, so I get out and about as much as I can to make new connections.

Sharing Knowledge

In the last week or so, I’ve spent quite a bit of time with people working on other projects in London that have synergies with what we do at Beyond Food and Brigade.

On the 25th May, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into play; after almost two years of discussion and preparation, a new wave of laws will be put in place that will change the way we, this events industry, deals with our customer data.

Business travel is an activity enabling companies to service their clients. The ability to visit clients in person is still an essential part of building relationships, as opposed to virtually, but how can you make your business trips environmentally-friendly?

All that time spent in the air does little favours for the environment, particularly if your business is full of frequent flyers.

Participants of the March members meeting at HBAA venue member, Warwick Conferences, saw Season 2 of The Future in 15 Show kick off with a panel discussion on the popular industry topic of online bookings.

The panel discussed how venues and agencies can maximise the return of small meetings with online bookings, including tips, insight and advice.

Challenging yourself and doing something you wouldn't normally do can be a revelation. It creates inspiration and gives a breath of fresh air – I’ve witnessed how getting outside your comfort zone can change lives.

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