Event Supplier and Services Association’s  (ESSA) two-day Summer Event extravaganza has been hailed a success as members and the wider industry came together to take part in this annual community event to support EventWell.

Following the delivery of the AGM on day one, which reported ESSA’s strong financial position and several new talent and training initiatives launched during the past year to further provide support and value to members, the ESSA community donned their PE kits to take part in a sports day like no other as members relived the glory days to cheer on teammates participating in an array of old-school sports day events. As members channelled their inner child, it was the ‘work smarter, not harder’ attitude of the Yellow Team that won the day, swooping in at the end to take gold.

Day two saw the return of the lauded ESSA charity golf day with over 80 golfers from across the industry coming together to wind their way around the championship Forest of Arden course, cheered on by the tee sponsors who provided a mix of fun activities, competitions and refreshments throughout the day.

A celebratory industry dinner and prize giving concluded the fun-filled day with the announcement that the Team Award had been renamed in honour of long-time supporter, and part of the Concept Furniture International family, Iain Love who sadly passed away in 2021. Iain’s son, Callum presented the award to this year’s winning team in his honour. The raffle, which this year supported mental health and wellbeing voice of the event industry EventWell, raised over £1,000 for the charity.

Proud winners from the day were:

Individual sponsored by beMatrix

1st        Nick Fenton, SEE Tickets

2nd       Steve Comar, Full Circle Event & Exhibitions Ltd

3rd        David Fuller, Guardian Exhibition & Display


The Iain Love Team Trophy sponsored by Concept Furniture International

Guardians of the Industry

Anthony Booty, Guardian Exhibition & Display

David Fuller, Guardian Exhibition & Display

Liz Turner, The Event & Exhibition Partnership Ltd


Divisional winners

1st        Matt Evans, SEE Tickets sponsored by InEvexco

2nd       Eddie Taylor, Solutions2 UK sponsored by Spiro

3rd        Nick Fenton, SEE Tickets sponsored by Rocket Exhibition Services


Longest Walk sponsored by ESSA

Winning Team: Xpect Furniture/Showlite

Winning Individual: Jason Studd, MASH Media


Best Dressed sponsored by ESSA

Mark Clayton, InEvexco


Best Hospitality sponsored by ESSA



The ESSA AGM, Sports Day and fantastic industry charity event In the Rough could not take place without the support of sponsors. Big thanks go to ESSA’s joint headline sponsors beMatrix and InEvexco. Drinks were sponsored by Beechwood Events Flooring and event partners were Concept Furniture, Vector Works, Rocket Exhibitions and Benchmark Collective.

 Huge thanks also go to all the ESSA members who participated in both events as well as to the tee sponsors – Human Built, Exhibit 3Sixty, Equinox, Aluvision, Beechwood Events Flooring, Solutions2, InEvexco, Mash Media, Macro Art, beMatrix, Concept Furniture International and Spiro.


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