Event industry figures unite to encourage greater collaboration

Nine of the event industry’s leading trade associations have gathered to discuss how they can improve their collaboration, reports conference-news.co.uk.

The idea to encourage greater collaboration between trade bodies was first mooted by the Business Visits and Events Partnership (BVEP) and advocated by Michael Foreman, a member of the Association of British Professional Conference Organisers (ABPCO). 

The meeting’s participants discussed ways in which trade associations could better represent the sector, deciding that working closer together would carry a number of benefits.

It’s thought these could translate into gains for a range of companies connected to the industry, from event planners right the way to meeting venues.

Some of the attendees included BVEP vice-chair Richard Foulkes, Samme Allen from Meeting Professionals International (MPI) and Gary Payne of the Meetings Industry Association (MIA).

Part of the gathering saw the delegates highlight three areas where collaboration would be of the utmost importance. These included ensuring better communication of individual and joint activity, the exploration of training programmes to improve links with student bodies as well as young professionals and to establish a dialogue with the International Festival for Business (IFB) 2014.

Cited by meetpie.com, Mr Foulkes said the attendees were not trying to re-create the BVEP, stressing that it’s the BVEP’s role to act as an ‘umbrella’ body to the trade associations.

Mr Foreman added: “It was a very positive first meeting with much common ground identified. I see a great number of benefits developing from this and I am very pleased with the output.”