The National Outdoor Events Association (NOEA) will mark its 35-year anniversary with a campaign and a student recruitment drive.
The association and its president Richard Limb have been working with various organisations to produce templates for agreements and for consistency across the UK in charging for a police presence at events.
NOEA is also calling for a ban on sky lanterns because of the danger to life, livestock and land from the ‘uncontrolled fireballs’.
“We do help make a difference when it comes to fighting the events’ corner with campaigns like tackling police costs and calling for the ban on Chinese lanterns,” said Limb. “We regularly meet with government officials and official bodies to make sure the voice of the events industry is heard.
“Over the last 35 years we have had more and more household names such as The Jockey Club and Losberger UK Ltd joining us which adds gravitas to our arguments. We will continue to grow and represent the views of our members with the government. NOEA is here to support all its members – several are one-man bands and from time to time need support and like-minded people to turn to which is one of the benefits of being a member.”
NOEA has also set up a student council to encourage young people to get involved and learn from the association’s experienced members.
Limb said his two targets for the anniversary year were to further push the campaign to ban sky lanterns and encourage students to get involved.
“It goes without saying that current members are experienced,” he said. “We want to get the balance right and encourage students to get involved and learn from our members as we look to the future of the industry.”
NOEA’s 35th year celebrations will be launched with its annual conference on November 27 at Cardiff Metropolitan University.
Speakers will include Alan Davis from Celtic Manor talking about the impact of large events; Andy McNicholl from Liverpool Council on Walking with Giants – the puppets that took over Liverpool with Rob Corp, senior logistics manager Operation ISMAY – NATO 2014 on lessons brought to the industry; and Philip Day on de-regulation of licensable activities.