A new manifesto for the events industry will be put together ahead of the 2015 general election to shine a light on what the sector wants - and already provides.
The Business Visits & Events Partnership (BVEP), which wants to highlight the work being done by its members, has announced a number of new ventures to boost its profile.
Brian Kirsh, head of regulatory affairs at Eventia and MD of Event Assured, will lead a group to develop the manifesto. He was appointed at the partnership's recent meeting in Belfast, which also saw Juliet Price, CEO of the Hotel Booking Agents Association (HBAA), elected to lead on professional development and represents the partnership on the establishment of the Institute of Event Management.
Michael Foreman, representing the Association of British Professional Conference Organisers (ABPCO), will tackle several collaborative initiatives, including a joint internship programme and a joint industry event, the first of which is likely to be held in Liverpool in 2014 during the International Festival for Business.
Samme Allen, one of the BVEP's four vice chairs who were re-elected for the next two years, and who represents MPI UK Chapter on the partnership, said it was time to take action to show what the sector was capable of.
"Over the last few years the BVEP has become a valuable knowledge-sharing forum which represents the wide diversity of the UK events industry. Now it’s about taking this intelligence and using it to best benefit the future growth and sustainability of our industry,” she said.
As well as Allen, Richard Foulkes, Simon Hughes and Chris Skeith were re-elected as vice chairs. They will continue to work with chairman Michael Hirst on developing ways to support growth and to raise awareness of the sector's social and economic benefits.