The Event Supplier and Services Association, Association of Event Organisers (AEO), Association of Event Venues (AEV), and Meetings Industry Association (mia) have today made the following joint statement

The business events sector warmly welcomes today’s Prime Minister’s announcement that the sector will be able to reopen under the revised Tier system. This integrates the business events sector with sports and performing arts sectors, providing the consistency for which the associations have been fighting.

Since the start of the pandemic members of all four associations have worked tirelessly with their constituency MP’s and government officials to get the industry reopened. Today’s news provides welcome relief to many individuals and businesses hit hard when the industry was stopped suddenly in March 2020.

The dialogue between the four associations, government officials and ministers has never been stronger, clearly demonstrating that there is a safe way for business events to return by sharing knowledge and developments in both the guidance and the pilot events. Thanks is also due to all the government officials at DCMS and BEIS who have worked tirelessly with the associations to help business return safely.

The Event Service Suppliers Association (ESSA), Association of Event Venues (AEV), Association of Event Organisers (AEO) which collectively represent the exhibitions industry, have officially joined the One Industry One Voice Coalition with their #ProjectRecovery movement.

Following weeks of work by the three associations and their members, ESSA, AEO and AEV receive official recognition and sign-off of of the Industry's All Secure Expo Pilot.

ESSA's serving vice-chair Lou Kiwanuka, (MD; EventShaper) has been appointed chair of the Event Industry Alliance (EIA), assuming the role from Dan Thurlow (Director of Exhibition Sales; SEC & AEV Board Member).

The EIA, comprising ESSA, the AEV and the AEO has, last night, delivered an open letter to the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, and the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak after the continued lack of support provided to the event industry, despite DCMS having communicated approval of both guidance and a pilot exhibition.

The statement made by the Government yesterday was a severe blow to our industry and all of those individuals and businesses that operate within it.

Olympia London is ready to welcome back events from October this year with a robust plan of measures to ensure organisers, exhibitors and visitors all know they are in a safe place to enjoy events.

ESSA held its AGM online for the first time in the association’s history, on 15 July, welcoming 95 delegates from 84 companies, the official business of the day was streamed live, including the announcement of the election of 4 board members, followed by an interactive Q&A panel.

AEO, AEV and ESSA Industry associations launch guidance for exhibition, trade fairs, and consumer shows to reopen

A combined group of members from the Association of Event Organisers (AEO), the Association Event Venues (AEV) and the Event Supplier and Services Association (ESSA), led by the associations, has rejoiced in the securing of the long-awaited go-date for the exhibitions industry, which will be 1 October 2020, subject to completion of successful pilots.

30,000 UK job losses if UK Government fails to provide a clear date for reopening of exhibitions sector from COVID-19 lockdown

We along with our sister associations, Association of Event Venues (AEV) and the Association of Event Organisers (AEO) have written to Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak MP with regards to the urgent need for a ‘go date’ to reignite the £70bn events industry.


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