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The events industry extensively contributes to the UK economy with a yearly revenue stream of £46 billion. Can the sector do better?

Prospects for the business of events are not too different from any other economic sector and yet our industry isn’t being championed in government. Whose role is it, or does the industry need to champion itself?

Leaders in this sector will be gathering at the upcoming Festival and Outdoor Events Show, Festout. (27-28 September, Sandown Park) to try answer these questions in a conference session. Speakers include AEO chief Chris Skeith, Alan Miller of The Night Time Industries, Michael Hirst, chairman Business Visits, The Fair CEO Nick Morgan and Slippy Media director Mike Fletcher.

The conference is hosted on Thursday 28 September at the Main Stage powered by The Fair, sponsored by The Ticket Factory.

The speakers

Chris Skeith holds a seat on the Government’s Events’ Industry Board, is a board member of UFI and chair of theirAssociations Committee. He is also vice chair & treasurer of Business Visits & Events’ Partnership (BVEP), a partnership of all leading associations in the event industry, representing the sector to government and regulators.

Alan Miller is chairman of The Night Time Industries Association (NTIA), a trade body that represents bars, clubs, festivals, restaurants, hotels and others from one of Britain’s most successful sectors.

Michael Hirst is chairman of the Business Visits and Events Partnership which represents the leading trade and professional organisations government agencies and other significant influencers in the UK’s conference, meetings, exhibition, outdoor events, incentive travel, corporate hospitality, festivals, cultural, business, leisure and sporting events sectors.

Founder and CEO of The Fair, Nick Morgan has been involved in the event industry for over 20 years and has particular experience in producing independent festivals, large scale shows and health and safety management for events. He oversees The Fair’s Event Production and Event Safety and Licensing divisions.

Mike Fletcher has a lifetime of experience reporting on the business of live events and working with industry clients on their content solutions. He runs Slippy Media, a content agency catering for a wide-range of client requirements, including event photography, event 4K HD video, long-form, reports, social, blogs and ghost-written material.

Do you think the industry needs a champion in government? Who do you think could take up on this role? Register to attend to have your say.