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Plans for ‘compostable’ plastics at London Olympics

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

Amid claims that the London 2012 Olympics will be the greenest in the event’s history, an environmental organisation is hoping that plastic packaging used at the event that is not recyclable will be made from compostable materials.

The NNFCC, the UK’s National Centre for Biorenewable Energy, Fuels and Materials, has agreed to act as an advisor to the Olympics Delivery Authority and London Organising Committee on how renewable packaging can be used at the event. The organisation is helping to create a supply chain for bio-based packaging at the London Olympics and will ensure that materials used comply with European Standard EN13432 (the requirement for packaging recovery through composting and biodegradation).

The NNFCC said this certification would mean that non-reusable, non-recyclable packaging should be suitable for ‘in-vessel’ composting or anaerobic digestion. John Williams, the NNFCC’s Head of Materials, said the body wanted any plastics used at London 2012 that were not recyclable to be made out of certified compostable plastic. The NNFCC is promoting the certification scheme for compostable materials through its UK Renewable Packaging Group, while “raising awareness of the benefits offered by more sustainable materials to key players in the packaging supply chain”.

Mr Williams conceded that the scale of the Olympics venture would be relatively small but added, “2012 is a perfect way to show how waste can be dealt with.” The NNFCC is working with a number of retail brands – including the fast food chain, McDonalds – in the run-up to the event.

Here at the Corporate Carrier Company, we take environmental concerns seriously. As standard, all of our polythene bags are produced from biodegradable plastic. They are also produced in the UK, minimising transport miles. All our UK-produced laminated paper bags are manufactured with paper from approved sustainable sources and the inks used are made from vegetable dyes, making them an eco-friendly option. Whilst we have the option to import bags when longer lead times allow, the vast majority of our laminated paper bags are produced in the UK, minimising transport miles. Of course, our twisted handle paper bags are 100% biodegradable, while our cotton bags are produced from natural, unbleached cotton.

London set to lose corporate events in busy 2012 summer

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

Recent research has indicated that London may lose some of its lucrative corporate events business next summer, as events managers avoid the capital in what will undoubtedly be a busy period. With both the Olympic Games and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, London is set to be overrun with British as well as foreign tourists.

In research carried out by the corporate venue, Center Parcs, among 110 of its corporate events clients – which include Innocent, Sainsbury’s, Gap, Vodafone, HSBC and the NHS – 85% of respondents who have in the past hosted summer events in the capital said they will be moving their events outside of London. Of the survey respondents, 42% regularly host events in the capital, with 40% of these London events taking place during the summer months. Some 15% of those who plan meetings, conferences and events in the capital said they plan to postpone any activity to later in 2012. The reasons for their decision to host events outside of London included cost (58%) and likely transport issues (17%).

The research from Center Parcs is supported by the findings of the European Tour Operators’ Association, which predicts an average 90% downturn in bookings in London during next summer.

Outlook for the events industry in 2012

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

With rising fears concerning the state of the economy and the Euro zone crisis, alongside high hopes surrounding the Olympics, the outlook for 2012 in the UK exhibitions and events sector really is a mixed bag.

What is not in doubt is the fact that there is a lot at stake here. In a recent article in support of the Britain for Events campaign, Kevin Murphy, CEO of ExCel London, outlined the impact that the events industry has on the UK economy: “Every organisation that chooses to bring its event to the UK delivers an average economic impact of £15 million for its local economy, meaning just 10 more events held in this country would generate £150 million. That would pay for 7,000 nurses in our hospitals, 6,000 more teachers in our schools or 5,000 more police officers on our streets.”

Ocean Media, organisers of the UK Venue Show and Event Production Show, recently provided an optimistic report following research conducted amongst some 3,000 visitors. This indicated that budgets would increase by 10% year on year. Meanwhile, the Britain for Events campaign gained momentum during 2011, with the Prime Minister, David Cameron, officially endorsing the campaign. In addition, the identification of business tourism as one of the areas to benefit from VisitEngland’s successful bid for £19.8 million of Regional Growth Fund will bring a welcome boost. The cash will fund the three-year ‘Growing Tourism Locally’ project and help the UK events industry to capitalise on key events in 2012 including the Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Diamond Jubilee, the Torch Relay and the Cultural Olympiad.

Although the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement painted a gloomy picture, with the UK growth forecast for 2012 revised down from 2.5% to 0.7%, hard-hit consumers may continue to shun foreign holidays in favour of domestic vacations and day trips, which would be a welcome shot in the arm for cultural, music and festival events in the UK.

The Autumn Statement also made provision for support for SMEs through a credit-easing programme, a £1 billion business finance partnership to raise money for medium-sized firms and a regional growth regeneration fund. The many SMEs that are service providers to the events industry may well benefit. On balance, then, things are not looking so bad for 2012.

Cameron supports ‘Britain for Events’

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

Prime Minister, David Cameron, has given his backing to the Britain for Events campaign. In a letter to Nick de Bois MP, chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Events, Mr Cameron refers to the campaign as ‘great’. Mr de Bois wrote to the PM last month to notify him of the launch of the campaign, which aims to promote the UK’s events industry and enhance the country’s competitiveness and ability to bag large-scale events. In his response, Mr Cameron states that the campaign, “aims to deliver a lasting economic legacy for the whole country from the unprecedented level of interest generated by the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games”.

Royal wedding boosts London visitor figures

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

According to provisional stats from the International Passenger Survey (IPS), London welcomed more than 4 million visitors in the period April to June this year, representing an increase of 12.6% over the same period in 2010. The IPS interviews more than a quarter of a million travellers each year at major air, sea and rail terminals.

The 450,000 extra visitors in the three-month period are being attributed to major events in the capital, including the Royal Wedding in April and May’s UEFA Champions League Final at Wembley.

The IPS survey shows that leisure visits accounted for most of the rise (2.2 million visits) whereas business visitors accounted for some 770,000 visits.

The IPS figures also show that visits from North America – London’s biggest in-bound market – were up by 8.6% and visitors from Europe were up by 10.4%.

London Mayor, Boris Johnson, commented that the buzz surrounding the forthcoming Olympic Games meant that it was “little wonder that London continues to dominate as one of the most desirable destinations in the world”.

Mr Johnson added, “2012 is set to be a huge year for the capital and we stand ready to welcome the world.”

Event industry may grow by 12 billion by 2020

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

A report presented to members of parliament earlier this week states that, with the right support in place, the UK events industry could grow from its current value of 36 billion to over 48 billion by 2020.

Commissioned by Britain for Events, the annual marketing campaign promoting the value of event tourism to the British economy, the report shows that the UK events industry could provide a much-needed boost to Britain’s economy over the next decade. As well as the industry’s economic value, the report highlights the benefits of positioning the UK at the centre of international business and the role that events play in bringing together world leaders. The report also outlines ways in which the events industry can work with national and local government to make Britain more competitive internationally.

Phil Mist of the Event Industry Forum commented, “With the countdown to the London 2012 Games and the Queen’s Jubilee well underway, the UK events industry will undoubtedly again show the world that organising major outdoor and sporting events is one of our specialities, and because of our expertise, the UK economy as a whole will benefit.”

According to Michael Hirst, Chairman of the Business Visits & Events Partnership, the report comes at a crucial time for the British economy: “The UK events sector is well set to play a pivotal role in facilitating economic growth and added employment by showcasing Britain as a world class destination for international conferences and trade shows, as well as staging its great sporting and cultural events and festivals.”

Over 25% of Olympic hospitality tickets sold

Friday, May 27th, 2011

Prestige Ticketing, official London 2012 hospitality ticket provider, has revealed to Haymarket’s Event Magazine that it has sold more than a quarter of its 88,000 hospitality packages for the London Olympic Games.

Whereas public tickets are being allocated by a random ballot process, the corporate tickets have been sold on a first-come-first-served basis since 15 March. Prestige says that the most popular tickets have been those for the athletics, rowing and diving events, closely followed by cycling at the Velodrome, gymnastics and beach volleyball, the latter taking place at Horse Guards Parade. While equestrian events, basketball and swimming have also been popular, tennis matches only just made the top ten in the popularity stakes. This may be due to the fact that the tennis events take place at the All England Tennis Club less than six weeks after the start of the Wimbledon tournament.

Prestige will be building temporary venues in the Olympic Park, Horse Guards Parade, Greenwich Park, Eton Dorney and Weymouth for the Olympics, with each having its own theme and design. The company has also secured all 96 boxes at the O2 Arena, which will be renamed the North Greenwich Arena for the duration – some hope of that catching on, we think! Hospitality ticket prices range from £325 per person up to a whopping £4,500 per person for an opening or closing event.

London & Partners team announced

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

London and Partners – the new promotional agency for London that was officially launched by London Mayor, Boris Johnson, on 1 April this year – has announced the membership of its new executive team. The organisation incorporates Visit London, Study London and Think London, responsible for promoting tourism, higher education at London’s 42 universities and foreign investment to the capital respectively.

Reporting to Interim CEO Danny Lopez, the new team comprises Andrew Cooke as Chief Operating Officer/Deputy CEO, Tracy Halliwell as Director of Business Tourism & Major Events, Paul Bromelow as Sales Director (Foreign Direct Investment), Martine Ainsworth Wells as Director of Marketing & Communications, Oliver Leeds as Interim Commercial Director and Julie Chappell as Acting Head of Digital.

The team will have to hit the ground running in order to maximise the potential of upcoming events including the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the 2012 Olympics.

Commenting on the announcement, Interim CEO Danny Lopez said, “I am delighted to confirm the appointment of the executive team for London & Partners, the makeup of which reflects the business objectives of the new agency. The Executive, supported by their teams, can ensure that the excellent legacy of all three agencies is continued through London & Partners and that the capital remains the most popular place to visit, invest and study.”

London & Partners will be responsible for promoting London to key relevant domestic and international markets including France, Germany, Spain, Italy, USA, China and India. The body will work closely with other London agencies and stakeholders, as well as national promotional bodies and the public sector to ensure that all areas of business in London are represented.

New London promotional body launched

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

London and Partners – a new promotional body specifically for London – has been officially launched by London Mayor, Boris Johnson.

The organisation incorporates the existing bodies Visit London, Study London and Think London – responsible for promoting tourism, London’s 42 universities and foreign investment to the capital respectively.

London and Partners will act as a single agency for the city to promote both leisure and business tourism, foreign investment and business growth, as well as bringing major events, exhibitions, conferences and foreign students to the capital.

Forthcoming events including the Royal Wedding, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the 2012 Olympics will be at the forefront of London’s drive to raise its profile.

The new board is headed by interim chair, Dame Judith Mayhew Jonas, and includes Kevin Murphy, CEO of Excel