Event Supplier and Services Association (ESSA) is a trade association representing contractors and suppliers of goods and services to the exhibition industry. It shares a secretariat with its sister organisations, Association of Event Organisers (AEO) and Association of Event Venues (AEV) and thus benefits from the central information source. The development of a closer relationship and understanding between organisers their suppliers and venues can only benefit the industry as a whole.
This closer relationship is partly demonstrated by way of joint working groups covering a range of issues into which all sides of the industry have an important input. It is also a major step towards the goal of enabling the industry to speak with a united voice when striving to increase its share of the marketing cake.
How ESSA members play their part in this Prime Minister endorsed Campaign.
"Britain for Events is an annual campaign, endorsed by the Prime Minister, to promote Britain as a world class destination for events of all types. It is also a campaign that encourages and celebrates the world class knowledge and skill of those that host, produce and manage events. ESSA is an important supporter of the campaign and is recognised as one of the leading representative bodies of event industry supply chain businesses.
As a campaign we support any initiative that advances skills and best practice in the industry, something both ESSA's "Quality Service Charter" and "Code of Conduct" set out to achieve through a blend of advisory services, working groups, training, tools and templates. Through these tools ESSA is once again looking to develop its members into the world class suppliers that the UK event industry is so proud to promote"
Michael Hirst OBE, Chair Business Visits & Events Partnership
ESSA’s Membership research focussed our International activity, in three key areas;
To promote these areas ESSA will:
Membership of the IFES
Founded in 1984, with support from the UK via BECA, IFES started as a small association to become a global organization with 14 member associations representing no less than 1300 companies active in the sector. IFES interfaces with several world associations that each are dedicated to the world of exhibitions.
IFES is the only international organization dedicated to the specific needs of exposition designers and providers of tradeshow services. EDPA is a member of IFES and endorses its events and activities.
For more information about IFES click on the links.
ESSA members are entitled to a 200 Euro discount, worth over 25% on standard individual membership fees of IFES – for more information on please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Membership of the EDPA
The Exhibit Designers and Producers Association (EDPA), founded in 1954, is an internationally recognized national trade association with more than 400 corporate members from 18 countries that are engaged in the design, manufacture, transport, installation and service of displays and exhibits primarily for the exhibition and event industry.
Its purpose is to provide education, leadership and networking for the advancement of its members and the exhibition industry. In addition to providing regional industry education programs through its six chapters, EDPA organizes one annual meeting, tradeshow and golf tournament in a resort location for industry members and their suppliers. EDPA holds quarterly board meetings, publishes a printed quarterly newsletter, monthly electronic newsletter and membership directory and also hosts several industry awards, educational surveys and supports the EDPA Foundation.
For more information about EDPA, please click on the links
Membership of EXSA
The Exhibition and Event Association of Southern Africa, EXSA, was founded in 1980 as a non-profit organisation representing Venues, Organisers, Exhibition Designers, Stand builders, Service Companies and Associate organisations.
EXSA, via collective representation, provides a forum for all participants across the spectrum of the exhibition industry:-
For more information about EXSA click on the links
Partnership with IELA
The International Exhibition Logistics Association (IELA) is a worldwide trade association dedicated to enhancing the professionalism of the transportation logistics and freight handling segments of the exhibition industry.
IELA is a union of internationally experienced professional exhibition freight forwarders. You will find us at every leading exhibition site - worldwide.
To enable you to concentrate on the construction and presentation of your exhibits, we will look after everything else: customs clearance, vehicle loading and unloading, forklifts, cranes, manpower, packing, translations, storage, on-site office facilities, etc.
You want to make your exhibition a success and with our help it will be.
For more information about IELA click on the links
Event Supplier and Services Association (ESSA) is a trade association representing contractors and suppliers of goods and services to the exhibition industry.
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