ESSA has experienced healthy growth in member numbers this year. At mid October, membership stands at 282 including 13 student members, a healthy increase of 24% during the last 12-month period.

ESSA has experienced healthy growth in member numbers this year which currently stand at the highest they have ever been meaning that we have the largest representation and voice for the contractor/supplier sector in the exhibition and events industry in our history.

At mid-October 2023, ESSA has 282 members including 13 student members, a healthy increase of 24% during the last 12-month period.

It’s also encouraging to see that more members than ever are actively using the broad range of services and support we provide as part of the membership to help with their business needs, and we have seen a sharp uptake in those signing up to become ESSA Accredited in Health & Safety and Sustainability, further demonstrating the importance of being best in practice in these areas to be the supplier of choice.

We have run seven face-to-face sustainability training workshops this year which were attended by 59 ESSA member companies, and there is a strong appetite for more further highlighting the importance of this topic.

As a reminder for members those thinking of joining, this is how being an ESSA member can support you and your business:

CREDIBILITY – Showcase your commitment to quality standards and professionalism

LEGAL & BUSINESS SUPPORT – Access to FIVE FREE & UNLIMITED premium member helplines - Legal, VAT, Tax, HR & H&S advice and contracts tailored to the events industry

MARKETING – Promote your services through association channels, conferences and events

Business Growth – Expand your client base and increase revenue through referrals and tender opportunities

Networking Opportunities – Connect with industry professionals, potential clients and suppliers

Industry Insights – Gain access to valuable market trends and industry knowledge from newsletters and online meetings to keep abreast of important information affecting the industry

Advocacy – Influence industry regulations and policies through one collective voice

Professional Development – Enhance your skills and those of your employees and stay updated on industry standards

Collaboration – Collaborate on projects and share best practice with peers

Resources – Access a wealth of educational materials, webinars and tools

Discounts – Enjoy exclusive discounts on products and services from partners

But most importantly…

Recognition – Stand out as a supplier of choice. Being an ESSA member offers quality assurance that you are committed to providing the best possible service whilst operating at the highest industry standards and working to a code of conduct - enhancing your reputation within the industry.

Join ESSA and be part of a community. There are different membership levels to suit every company. For further information, please visit  or contact

ESSA members can also refer a member and receive a discount on their membership renewal fee.


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