BVEP - Business Visits and Events Partnership

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Events are GREAT Kicks Off at Chelsea Football Club

Events are GREAT Britain, the brand to market Britain as a Business Visits & Events’ destination, was unveiled to industry associations, stakeholders and media last night (14th April) at an exclusive launch event held at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea Football Club.

For Michael Hirst's presentation at the launch, please click here.


Events are GREAT Britain - part of the wider and hugely successful GREAT campaign - will act as the umbrella brand, working to drive more international business to the UK. Working closely with the Business Visits & Events Partnership (BVEP) and the newly created UK Events Industry Board, it will support British destinations and venues to deliver measurable economic benefit to the visitor economy from new events, enhanced delegate numbers and business extenders.

Presentations were made by heads of the major industry associations including; newly appointed Head of Business Visits & Events for VisitBritain - Chris Foy, deputy chair of the UK Events Industry Board and chair of the BVEP - Michael Hirst, OBE and CEO of the Association of Event Organisers - Chris Skeith. In addition, representatives from many of the major UK destinations attended including VisitBritain, VisitScotland, VisitEngland, London and Partners, VisitManchester and Meet Birmingham plus representatives from exhibition and convention centres including ExCeL London, The NEC Birmingham and ACC Liverpool also.

Speaking at the event, Chris Foy, Head of Business Visits & Events, VisitBritain explained; “VisitBritain’s role is about adding value to the work of the UK events industry. It’s about building demand for events in Britain, supporting the winning of bids, and it’s about addressing aspects of welcome that can do so much more to enhance the business visitor experience of our country.”

Events are GREAT Britain will replace the current Britain for Events campaign which had run since 2010. The campaign will make its international debut to the industry later this month at IMEX Frankfurt on 19th April.

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About Events are GREAT Britain

Events are GREAT Britain is part of the GREAT Britain campaign, which showcases the best of what the UK has to offer to inspire the world and encourage people to visit, do business, invest and study in the UK. We are global leaders in sectors as diverse as the life sciences, advanced engineering and event management itself. Events are GREAT provides an extra dimension to the fantastic work of Britain’s world class destinations and venues to win new events and offer unforgettable experiences to business visitors. 

For more information or images, please contact Aimee Gilbert at Davies Tanner This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01892 619 100