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Archive for January, 2011

Profile of event industry set to be raised by new All Party Parliamentary Group

Friday, January 21st, 2011

Talks are underway to establish an All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for the event industry. The move is being spearheaded by Nick de Bois, MP for Enfield North and Chairman of the events and PR firm, Rapier Group.

Following a meeting in October at the House of Commons organised by the Business Visits & Events Partnership, which was attended by MPs and Peers from the House of Lords, Mr de Bois is set to invite representatives from all political parties to join the group over the next few weeks.

Explained Mr de Bois, “During my time working in the industry, I was conscious that government have not always recognised the contribution that this industry has made to the British economy, and more importantly its potential contribution for the future. Equally, we as an industry need to have a voice to reflect the many issues we face such as TOMS, cross border VAT, government support and infrastructure development. This APPG will be an excellent start in building that relationship.”

The Event Industry Forum and the Business Visits and Events Partnership are supporting the initiative, which will look to enhance marketing – including bids for international events to be held here in the UK – and highlight the value of this sector to the economy, as well as creating an Event Industry Safety Guide.

Commenting on the APPG, Jim Winship, Secretary of the Event Industry Forum, said, “The events industry is a major contributor to the UK economy but really does not get the recognition it deserves, in part because it has been so fragmented. We hope that an All Party Parliamentary Group will help in addressing this and will, at the same time, help to add to the legacy of the Olympics.”