The Event Supplier and Services Association (ESSA) has appointed a dedicated project manager to drive its working groups, member projects and services, while continuing its commitment to raising health and safety standards across the sector.  

Event Supplier and Services Association (ESSA) has launched the ESSA Individual Induction, the first in a series of certificated training courses for its members with a focus on health and safety.

The winners of ESSA annual awards were revealed last week, as leading figures gathered to celebrate excellence in the sector.

Figureheads from the event suppliers and services sector reunited face-to-face after a year’s hiatus at the ESSA annual conference and awards ceremony.

Specialist event insurance company InEvexco has stepped forward to support ESSA members with a flexible approach to insurance that is tailored to the events industry, now that there is a clearer path out of lockdown and into the future.

“We are in unprecedented times where normal business isn’t really normal, and where everything will have to adapt,” explains InEvexco managing director, Mark Clayton. “And that also includes insurance policies for businesses operating in the event industry.”

InEvexco is rolling out a programme of flexible insurance policies that correlate more directly with the business on the books, it takes into account the volume of work in hand and how that will increase as the industry unlocks.

“Matching insurance policies to the risk at that moment is critical if we are to see the industry get back on its feet and kickstart the economy. Being underinsured is arguably more  damaging than being overinsured so we are launching a programme of flexibility where we will work with our clients and the insurer to match policy and premium to trade, risk and exposure. We don’t want our clients to sacrifice important cover to achieve a false saving so we will aid customers to hold relevant insurance with an appreciation of the sectors likely exit of these dark times.  They will not be paying for cover that they will not need at the moment but we will also work with them to make sure that as business  returns they remain covered for the increase in exposure,” added Clayton.

Luke Facey, managing director of Alfa Display Limited applauded the initiative, “We’ve had such a period of uncertainty over the last year and a half, having to reduce business costs and adapt to jobs being postponed or cancelled at a moment’s notice. Now that we are starting to grow back again, it’s been critical to have the support of an insurance broker that understands our industry, and enables flexibility in our insurance. 

Discounted rates available to ESSA members for vehicles under 3.5 tonne Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) represent approximately 46% - 47% discount off standard rates through AA.

Stress Matters, in partnership with multidisciplinary researchers from the University of Hertfordshire and Walters Research and Consulting have published the results of their latest research study into the wellbeing and mental health of eventprofs to celebrate World Mental Health Day (10th October 2021).

Our sister association, AEV, will hold its first post-pandemic conference on Friday 26 November 2021 at the Business Design Centre,.

It gives us great pleasure in announcing this year's ESSA Awards open for entry. A key part of the ESSA calendar since 2017, we're so happy that after a gap in 2020 they are back on 02 December at Arena MK.

We have been alerted to a consultation that the Government has put out regarding mandatory COVID certification in a plan B scenario – see below.

ESSA has announced details of its schedule for the ESSA Conference and Award Dinner, at Arena MK on December 2, 2021, in conjunction with its headline sponsors, BeMatrix and JL Live.

As the largest ESSA event since lockdown in 2019, this year's conference will feature an opening keynote address from James Poulter, former Head of Lego Group’s Emerging Platform team and a leading thought leader and keynote speaker on the future of work, voice technology, conversational artificial intelligence, and social media.

Andrew Harrison elaborated on the schedule for the conference and awards, saying, "This is our first opportunity in two years to bring the membership together for a conference under one roof, and we're making the most of it with well-chosen, relevant content. Many points in the day will be familiar to previous conference delegates, including features like The Solutions Room, but we also have scheduled parallel break-out groups, available to pre-book, where members can delve into the detail of a range of pertinent topics including Diversity & Inclusivity, ESSA Accreditation, Local Authority Engagement, and Sustainability, amongst others."

The Awards Dinner will be different to previous years, as ESSA has created some new awards categories to recognise the work done by its members during the last 24 months, including Young Persons Award, Covid Hero Award, and the Outstanding Contribution Award.

Harrison concluded, "We will publish details and open nominations for the awards in October, and there are still some opportunities for partnership, sponsorship and exhibiting available. Members can also check the ESSA website regularly as we update the conference schedule with additional content. This is the time to unite with our industry colleagues and prepare for 2022, and the ESSA Conference and Awards Dinner is where we start that task in earnest."


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