All of the organisations listed below are partners of the Business Visits & Events Partnership. Partners are listed in alphabetical order. Click on the links to go direct to their websites.
The aim of ABPCO is to raise standards of professionalism across the meetings industry and to increase business for its members (PCOs). Membership requires a high level of professional competence and experience, and members are also offered opportunities for training and professional development.
These include corporate companies, sole traders, professional institutions, charities, societies, local authorities, trade associations, educational bodies and individuals. All these members organise events and purchase venues, facilities and services from a comprehensive range of suppliers.
AEME exists in order to support and raise the profile of the events discipline through the sharing of education and best practice. It is also the first international organisation to draw together events management educators and will act as a channel through which industry, professional bodies and the media can liaise with events education providers.
Membership is open to individuals or organisations interested in furthering AEME's work.
Core Cities includes Liverpool, Leeds, Manchester, Sheffield, Newcastle, Birmingham, Bristol and Nottingham. The Meetings and Events Industry is of great importance to cities outside of London and this group meets regularly to share best practice and develop a joint approach on issues of relevance.
The Event Industry Forum is an informal body which meets twice a year to provide a gathering where events industry trade associations and similar bodies can meet to discuss issues of common interest.
Other than a Chairman and Secretary, elected annually `to co-ordinate meetings and disseminate information, the Forum has no formal structure or role, although from time-to-time it may act to represent its member bodies in respect of issues where there is a unilateral and common interest. There is steering committee whose sole purpose is to select topics for discussion and to elect officers annually.
EMA is a nonprofit organisation for corporate in-house event planners & marketers. Their purpose is to share and promote best practices throughout their membership. What differentiates EMA from other networking groups is their focus on one sector: in-house corporate event marketers as well as their commitment to education and learning, best
practice and industry recognition. They are here to represent, support and champion their members by sharing knowledge, expertise and experiences.
EVCOM is the trade association representing the commissioners and creators of the world's most original and impactful live events, conferences, film and digital communications. Through networking, training, lobbying and awards, EVCOM is an international voice championing the power of live and visual communication.
EVCOM is a diverse global community of professionals, united by a passion for the creativity and effectiveness of our work.
HBAA, the trade association for the hotel booking agency, apartment and venue community, specialise in the procurement of accommodation, conference and event facilities and services in the UK and internationally on behalf of clients. HBAA is the association that supports them and the hotel apartment and venue companies they work with.
Since 1997, the HBAA has been helping both businesses and individuals within them to strive for ever higher professional standards. The HBAA runs a busy schedule of training, meetings and networking events throughout the year. It is the voice of the sector to Government and to business at large.
With agency members, hotel, apartments and venue company members - ranging from global hotel brands to independent properties. All members agree to adhere to the HBAA Code of Conduct; it defines best practice between agents and venues, thus protecting the interests of their clients.
ICCA is now one of the most prominent organisations in the world of international meetings. It is the only association that comprises a membership representing the main specialists in handling, transporting and accommodating international events.
With ICCA members in more than 76 countries around the world, it is the most global organisation within the meetings industry.
The UK and Ireland chapter of ICCA has over 70 members and holds a range of meetings and seminars throughout the year, along with supporting industry research.
The International Live Events Assocaition (ILEA), formally the International Special Events Society, is the principal association representing the world's largest community of creative event professionals, globally. It was founded in 1987 to foster enlightened performance through education while promoting ethical conduct. ILEA works to join event and meeting professionals to focus on the "event as a whole" rather than its individual parts. It has grown to involve over 5,500 members active in over 50 chapters throughout the world. The solid peer network ILEA provides helps special events professionals produce outstanding results for clients while establishing positive working relationships with other event colleagues.
London & Partners is the official promotional agency for London attracting and delivering value to businesses, students and visitors. London's official convention bureau sits within London & Partners. They offer a total event solution service for clients and event organisers, including free and impartial advice on planning meetings, conferences, events, exhibitions, incentives and launch parties in London.
They bid to attract association congresses to London and facilitate with all aspects of set up. They are the experts on opening up London for all business audiences and work in partnership with key providers across the city.
Meet in Ireland is the official MICE (meetings, incentives, conference and events) brand for the island of Ireland. It comprises three official tourism authorities: Tourism Ireland, Fáilte Ireland and the Northern Ireland Tourist Board.
Working in partnership with the tourist boards, Failte Ireland in the South and Northern Ireland Tourist Board in the North, Tourism Ireland is the organisation responsible for marketing the island of Ireland overseas as a holiday and business tourism destination.
MPI is one of the leading associations for the global meetings industry and is committed to delivering success for its 21,000 worldwide members by providing innovative professional development, generating industry awareness and creating business development opportunities.
Northern Ireland Tourist Board supports the activities of the two city Convention Bureaux in Belfast and Derry and the Regional Tourism Partnerships (RTPs) to attract conference, association and incentive business to Northern Ireland. The Business Tourism Unit facilitates the trade through, participation at overseas promotions, facilitating familiarisation inspections by overseas conference organisers and incentive houses and providing a link to suppliers of conference services.
The National Outdoor Events Association represents nearly 500 members, including Local Authorities, Show Organisers, Promoters, Events Management Companies and Suppliers of equipment, services and entertainment. It produces a members' yearbook and organises an annual convention and several regional conferences throughout the year addressing the priority issues for the industry. Yearbooks are available free of charge upon application to NOEA.
PCMA provides educational opportunities for leading organisations in the meetings, conventions, events and trade show industries and currently represent 6,300 members from 17 chapters throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. With members now in more than 35 countries, PCMA provide the highest quality educational opportunities through meetings and networking events, addressing today's challenges and opportunities facing event professionals.
The Production Services Association represents companies and individuals that provide technical infrastructure for live events, a key asset to the UK's business events sector. From small conferences to mind blowing ceremonies, the UK provides the finest production talent; we are their voice.
SITE is the only not-for-profit, global organisation which is dedicated to supporting and connecting professionals in the incentive travel and motivational events industry. SITE has nearly 2,000 members in 90 countries. SITE GREAT BRITAIN - Global Connections, Motivational Experiences, Business Results.
Visit Wales, the tourism department of the Welsh Assembly Government, provides MICE buyers with impartial advice, assistance with venue selection, local knowledge and support services. Visit Wales also supplies statistics, consultations and business information on tourism in Wales.
VisitBritain will deliver measurable economic benefit for the UK Visitor economy from new events, enhanced delegate numbers, business extenders by working with the nations and regions of Britain to add value; and for the wider economy through enhanced opportunities to trade and export, invest and profile Britain as a centre of excellence in these key priority sectors.
VisitEngland is the national tourism body for England. Its role is to grow the value of tourism by working in partnership with the industry to deliver inspirational sales and marketing campaigns and to provide advocacy for the industry and visitors. The organisation's work is underpinned by robust research and customer insights.
The team at VisitEngland provides impartial advice on all aspects of organising events in England and can coordinate proposals from destinations, venues and other suppliers and opportunities for partnership marketing.
The Business Tourism Unit of VisitScotland actively promotes Scotland as a dynamic destination for meetings, incentive travel and corporate events. It produces guides and brochures to help the meeting or incentive planner, and gives impartial advice and assistance in venue selection.