The Business Visits & Events Partnership (BVEP) is urging maximum industry engagement into a survey being undertaken on behalf of the Department of Culture Media & Sport, into how government can support specific events to help the industry grow.

The BVEP is keen that the industry responds as comprehensively as possible to seize the opportunity presented by this ground-breaking move from the industry's sponsoring government department. The initiative is looking to identify events within the UK and those that can
be attracted from overseas, that it can support more directly, and ensure they flourish in Britain. There is also the opportunity to support new and nascent events which have the potential of becoming sustainable and world-class as well as events which UK organisers can use their creativity and expertise to service internationally. In the initial phase of making submissions, only nominal information about the identified event and what benefit would be gained from extra support is required.

The deadline for engagement has been extended to the 8th December 2014 and can be accessed on

The exercise is part of a larger programme of work currently being undertaken by DCMS to develop a joint strategy to support growth in the Events industry both by retaining existing events, and targeting potential new events that would benefit by being hosted in Britain, as well as looking at how events can feed into wider social and economic policies..

"It is critical that the industry should be responding in large numbers to this very welcome government initiative," comments Michael Hirst, Chairman of the Business Visits & Events Partnership. " I urge everyone within the industry, including organisers, destinations and venues, to encourage as many submissions that are appropriate to be made by the extended deadline date"

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