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BVEP Blog

Testing Times

By Simon Hughes - The terror inflicted on so many people in Paris last week has changed the way we see the world. France declares a three month state of emergency and is now committed to waging war on terror. Politicians from around the world condemn the terrorists and offer support. The arguments over increased military action by UK forces ratchet up another gear. Our current national threat level for international terrorism remains at severe, which means that a terrorist attack is highly likely. It has been at this level since 29th August 2014. Put that another way - we’ve been living with that level of threat for 15 months now. It’s only when a Friday night in a city just 300 miles away from London turns into a night of carnage and mindless, senseless violence that the reality of what that threat level could mean comes into such sharp and painful focus.

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The Living Wage Campaign gathering pace

By ABPCO - The Living Wage Campaign is continuing to gather pace within meetings and events following a debate bringing together some of the industry’s leading professionals.

The debate, hosted by both M&IT and the Association of British Professional Conference Organisers (ABPCO), took place at Church House Conference Centre on Friday 16th October and discussed the benefits of the Living Wage as well as how to urge event buyers to put it on the agenda.

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Question time?

By Simon Hughes - Hopefully all the partners involved in supporting the BVEP will have been heartened to see the recent news announcing the new APPG line up. Once again the partnership has been able to deliver tangible results for the industry as a whole, supporting an actively engaged group of MPs to make our voice heard. So far, so good. Yet as with most things this is just the beginning of the story and it will be up to all of us to push forward on this positive development and maximise the value of this conduit into the mother of Parliaments.

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Are we going to see a car crash?

By Simon Hughes - It was an interesting coincidence that the first award category presented at the 2015 C&IT Awards was for the Automotive Event of the Year. This gave the amiable host Marcus Brigstocke the chance to work in another VWGate gag. “VW had booked a table for two for tonight – but then fifty of them turned up!” He did a sterling job by the way and obviously enjoyed working on an awards ceremony with which he had some real affinity, recognising I’m sure that he was in a room loaded with potential clients that deliver world class events and employ lots of creative talent.

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Why Business Events Work

Post by Matthew Pavli at displaywizard.co.uk - The rapidly evolving world of marketing, it's more important than ever for businesses to stay one step ahead of the competition. From raising brand awareness to experimenting with visual aids, events allow businesses to shake up their approach to marketing and propel their brand into the public sphere.

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