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ABPCO's Student Approach with TFI support


The Association of British Professional Conference Organisers’ (ABPCO) welcoming approach for young event professionals has been given a boost with student member Noemi La Torre joining TFI Group for a placement year.  Noemi, who is a student member of the association and a representative for young professionals on the board, has recently started a year-long placement with the agency. Taking a gap from her studies at the University of Greenwich, Noemi will work with TFI on large scale events and be given firsthand experience of the industry she is forging a career within. ABPCO’s University Student Membership is available to those studying at recognised universities for events management degrees, or higher. The membership is just £10 a year and gives the student access to everything a full member of the association enjoys including access to events and research. More information on Noemi's experience here.


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AEV eGuide

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The eGuide brings together guidance for achieving common standards of health, safety and operational planning, management and on-site conduct for events at all participating AEV member venues. The scope and development of the eGuide follows extensive consultation with operations professionals within the exhibition and event industry in order to ensure an overall approach that remains broadly acceptable to the community. The status of the eGuide is similar to that of an Approved Code of Practice. It is an industry-specific guide developed by authorised professionals from the UK event venues. It incorporates health, safety and operational practices that represent compliance with Building Regulations and health and safety legislation. Now recognised as the industry’s best practice document, the eGuide is continually reviewed by working industry professionals who represent the best advice currently available, and who themselves have to work within the guidelines in their own professional capacities.

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CDM 4 Events

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Together, the Event Supplier and Services Association (ESSA), the Association of Event Venues (AEV), and the Association of Event Organisers (AEO) have worked with their members and the wider industry to drive towards minimal impact from CDM regulations.

This industry specific guidance seeks to map and recognise current industry practice, using existing regulations and best practice to meet the new CDM regulations. The resources are intended to help you understand the responsibilities of the various stake holders in the event industry. The Construction, Design & Management (CDM) Regulations do not replace any existing law but are intended to provide a framework to help you meet the requirement and helping you understand your obligations.

These documents and templates should be viewed as a summary for meeting minimum requirements and should at all times be used in conjunction with Health and Safety at Work Act, HSE’s exhibition specific guidance on CDM 2015 and also the HSE’s official L153 guidance on CDM.


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Crowded Places Guidance by NACTSO

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The new Crowded Places guidance for the UK has been written by NaCTSO with the support of The Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) and over 100 subject matter and academic experts. It covers the key areas of protective security including physical, personnel, personal and cyber. It provides guidance on how different sectors can act to help make their business, institutions or organisations safer. Its purpose to support those who are charged with security at crowded places mitigate the threat and help make the UK less vulnerable to an attack. The guidance is interactive and designed to assist crowded place sectors assess the risk and build a security plan to help mitigate that risk and recover more quickly should there be a terrorist attack.

EVCOM Code of Ethics

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EVCOM launched their new voluntary Code of Ethics, which underpins the shared values of the EVCOM business community. The Code of Ethics, which is available to all members and can be shared with clients, offers a useful resource to support business proposals and pitches. The code reflects on six key elements of business practice and professionalism including: Client First, Collaboration, Integrity, Respect, Passion, Excellence. Click here to find out all about the EVCOM membership benefits and here to download the code in full.

HBAA Code of Practice

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The HBAA is the events and hospitality association that drives, promotes and models good business between its members. It champions best practice, ethical working and sound commercial judgement, making HBAA membership the mark of quality assurance for the sector. All member companies agree to adhere to the HBAA Code of Practice which defines best practice between agents and venues, thus protecting the interests of their clients.

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HBAA International Charter

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The International Charter was developed to assure best practice between agents, and international hotels and venues. It aims to strengthen the relationship between HBAA agent members and international suppliers.

Purple Hound

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Purple Hound is the members’ portal that maximises the collective buying power of the ‘Purple Pound’. Purple Hound will highlight the best accessible venues and recognise Accessibility Champions. It will encourage others to follow suit. It will focus entirely on positivity, sharing best practice, and facilitating the improvement of standards nationally and internationally.  Having launched on 1 March 2016, they’re rolling out a suite of consumer platforms and publications, including an innovative website with news, directory, members’ and advertisers’ portals; a definitive printed guide; and the Purple Hound App by 2017. They want to engage with consumers and businesses who have an interest in extending accessibility. By having ongoing conversations through their blog and their social media channels, they want to work collaboratively to help create and promote a more inclusive range of improved products and services.

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The Purple Guide

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‘The Purple Guide to Health, Safety and Welfare at Music and Other Events’ was originally published by the Health & Safety Executive but taken over by EIF in 2014 with their support.  It is considered to be the main reference source to health and safety by the events industry and is used widely be enforcement agencies as well as event organisers.

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The Purple Guide Lite

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The ‘Purple Guide Lite’ is a sister publication to the ‘Purple Guide to Health, Safety and Welfare at Music and Other Events’, which EIF took over from the Health & Safety Executive in 2013. Developed with the support of industry experts from all sectors, the ‘Purple Guide Lite’ aims to provide the basics that event organisers need to consider when planning even small events with only a few hundred attendees.

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