Vince Cable, the secretary of state for business, innovation and skills, has publicly endorsed the recently launched Meetings & Events Manifesto for Britain.
As reported by Meetpie, the Manifesto was created by the Business Visits & Events Partnership (BVEP). In a letter to BVEP chairman Michael Hirst OBE, Mr Cable acknowledged that business visits and event venues generate wealth and employment. He also said they “play an important role in showcasing the strength of the UK’s overall economic offer to the global business community that is key to our pipeline of inward investment and to promoting our sectoral offering.”
As part of the campaign, a number of senior ministers, MPs, government officials and industry leaders have been invited to an events industry reception at the House of Commons during National Meetings & Events Week. It’s expected 150 people will attend.
“As a result of a concerted campaign by the BVEP and its members over the past six months, we are now seeing a growing level of government support for our industry and a much clearer understanding of what more the sector can deliver to help achieve their long term economic and social objectives,” said Mr Hirst.
Mr Cable concluded his letter by explaining that he had asked his officials to work with UKTI, the Department of Culture, Media and Sport and VisitBritain to develop programmes to support the sector.