The event industry has responded to the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) inquiry into the international competitiveness of the UK events industry.
The results of the inquiry were presented in December 2013.
In a document drafted by Britain for Events, the industry outlines five key action points collated from responses and commentary given at International Confex earlier this year.
The findings of the report will be addressed during a meeting with tourism minister Helen Grant, where the industry will request that the minister follows up with other secretaries of state to progress on the actions identified in the report as requested by Prime Minister David Cameron.
The five key action points requested from the events industry are:
1. Sharing of best practice
- It is widely accepted by members of the events industry that the sharing of best practice should be encouraged to both underline areas of industry quality, and to advocate benchmarking and continued improvement throughout the industry.
2. Form industry partnerships with local and regional authorities
- The industry agreed with the sentiment that it should have good relations with local authorities to encourage them to support local events and to create supportive environments that allow events to take place within local counties, towns and cities.
3. Greater engagement with Ministerial Bid Support and UKTI Events Alliance
- Since the APPG inquiry took place, VisitEngland has set up and is achieving success with the Ministerial Bid Support Initiative.
4. Embrace Sustainability and Apprenticeship programmes
- The industry needs to gather further research / information on the validity of this claim.
- The Business Visits & Events Partnership (BVEP) will invite prospective chairs to create a subcommitee comprising influencing organisations and individuals with a view to producing a quantitative piece of research in the three areas of sustainability, apprenticeships and internships.
5. Create a single better resourced organisation to represent the industry
- The BVEP reiterates that it remains the most representative body in the UK events industry, however it acknowledges the need to be even broader in its representation and seeks improved financing to take on industry progressing activity.
Other key recommendations from the parliamentary inquiry included a call for an Events Visa and support for an Event Industry Safety Guide, as well as a call to review the tax raising powers of local government.