BVEP - Business Visits and Events Partnership

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BVEP delivers a Manifesto for Britain's Events Industry

The Business Visits and Events Partnership (BVEP) has published its report ‘Events Deliver Growth, Jobs and Opportunities. A Manifesto for Britain’s Events Industry’ to illustrate its contribution to the UK economy ahead of the upcoming general election on Thursday 12th December 2019.

The manifesto sets out the value of Britain's events industry, which currently stands at £70bn through direct spend and accounts for over 50% of spend in the UK visitor economy. The events sector, both business and leisure, provide more than 700,000 jobs across the length and breadth of Britain.

Simon Hughes, Vice Chair, BVEP said: “Our starting point is one of significant economic impact, expert delivery of complex and creative events and active support from government departments that recognise the importance of establishing Britain as the destination of choice for hosting events.”

The document also outlines five key areas to help position Britain as the leading European country for staging events including:
- Working together to enhance the UK’s position as a leading European country for hosting events
- Creating a more competitive tax regime
- Supporting the industry in driving forward its skills agenda
- Avoiding greater regulation
- Growing infrastructure, enabling greater access and increasing investment

Hughes continued: “In order to deliver this manifesto, we need more collaboration, less regulation and more investment in infrastructure on a national, regional and local level. All of these areas align with many of the requests from across different business sectors and are based on the proven success of Britain's Event industry to deliver opportunities for great careers, real economic benefits and outstanding creative solutions and experiences.”

The full manifesto can be viewed on the BVEP website here.

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Notes to editors
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About the BVEP
The Business Visits and Events Partnership’s (BVEP) vision is to support sustainable growth for the United Kingdom’s Events Industry. BVEP’s mission is to support growth across the entire sector via advocacy, networking, collaboration and a collective voice.

BVEP’s objectives are to:
• Operate an umbrella organisation to represent, promote and further the interest of member organisations involved in the United Kingdom Events Industry
• Advance the interests, standing, quality, sustainability and growth of the United Kingdom Events’ Industry
• Seek greater collaboration across the Events’ Industry sectors on common issues
• Forge close links with Government departments, including devolved Governments where possible via representation that can influence favourable policies towards the Industry. In particular, maintain strong relationships with key sponsoring departments, DCMS, DIT and BEIS
• Seek a stronger link with the Creative Industries and other related sectors
• Encourage joint events
• Increase the focus on professionalism and skills development.

BVEP Partners:
• ABPCO (Association of British Professional Conference Organisers)
• AEME (Association for Events Management Education)
• Business Travel Association
• Core Cities
• Events Industry Alliance (AEO, AEV, ESSA)
• Events Industry Forum
• EMA (Event Marketing Association)
• EVCOM (Event & Visual Communications Association)
• HBAA (Hotel Booking Agents Association)
• ICCA (International Congress & Convention Association)
• London & Partners
• Meet in Ireland
• NOEA (National Outdoor Events Association)
• PCMA (Professional Convention Management Association)
• PSA (Production Services Association)
• Tourism Northern Ireland
• VisitBritain/VisitEngland
• Visit Wales
• VisitScotland Business Events.