- Thursday, 24 November 2016
By Simon Hughes, Vice Chair BVEP
The good news that Google are planning to go ahead with an estimated £1bn in extra investment in the UK – including a new headquarters and 3,000 new jobs – has been widely and warmly welcomed. Sundar Pichai, Google’s Chief Executive, was at pains to point out that despite the outcome of the Brexit vote they still view the UK as an attractive place to do business because it was open and connected and had a healthy marketplace in scientists.
- Wednesday, 23 November 2016
The Business Visits and Events Partnership (BVEP) has announced the re-appointment of Chris Skeith (pictured left) and Simon Hughes (pictured right) as Vice-Chairs for a further two-year term.
Chris Skeith will continue as BVEP Treasurer and Simon Hughes will continue to lead on BVEP’s co-ordination of issues arising from Britain’s eventual exit from the EU.
- Wednesday, 16 November 2016
The Business Visits & Events Partnership (BVEP) today announced the results of its Events Industry Referendum Impact Survey which aimed to identify the industry’s key priorities for consideration during the forthcoming EU exit negotiations.
Drawing on responses from a broad range of event industry venues, suppliers and contractors, the survey reveals the top four priorities facing event professionals following the decision to leave the EU.
- Tuesday, 01 November 2016
The Business Visits & Events Partnership (BVEP) has again asked the government to increase the tax exemption for annual corporate functions and events, known as the 'Christmas Party Exemption'.
In a letter to the Chancellor, BVEP Chairman Michael Hirst OBE presses the case for increasing the tax exemption available to companies that hold staff parties which has not changed since 2003.
- Monday, 31 October 2016
At a Forum held by the Business Visits and Events Partnership (BVEP) on 28 October at the University of Westminster, 36 event industry representatives, including leading academics, voted in favour of greater understanding and coordination of industry qualifications and routes to professionalism as a first step in bringing the Industry’s diverse skills and professional development requirements together.
- Tuesday, 25 October 2016
Abbreviated version of article first published in meetpie.com on 25th October 2016.
Industry groups welcome decision and urge Heathrow to "swiftly move forward" with construction plans.
Events and tourism industries have welcomed the government's long-awaited decision to expand Heathrow airport, but say it could still be a long and "arduous" process to get there.
- Friday, 26 August 2016
Industry leaders have welcomed the progress made in support for the events industry, reflected in a new Tourism Action Plan launched by the Government today.
- Monday, 01 August 2016
VisitBritain has today launched a programme to attract more global business events to the UK.
The four-year Event Support Programme offers advocacy and funding to grow and develop the UK’s international business events industry, currently worth about £19 billion to the economy.
- Monday, 11 July 2016
The Business Visits & Events Partnership (BVEP) has revealed the findings of its UK Subvention Policy and Bid Support Practices for International Conferences and Events Report, highlighting an increase in the request for funding and in-kind support, particularly amongst association and charity organisations. Crucially, it also cited a significant amount of business being lost to overseas destinations, due to better subvention offering and support provision outside of the UK.
- Monday, 20 June 2016
The Contribution of Live Music to the UK economy - Today UK Music publishes Wish You Were Here 2016 – An economic study that reveals the vast contribution of live music and music tourism to the UK economy during 2015. The report features both national and regional figures and for the first time reveals the huge impact of music tourism to twelve UK cities: Norwich, Leicester, Newcastle, Manchester, Belfast, Glasgow, Brighton, Exeter, Cardiff, Coventry, Hull and London.