The Event Industry Alliance (EIA) – the collective associations of AEO, AEV and ESSA, is pleased to introduce its latest cross association working group initiative – ‘Project Confidence’. 

AEO, AEV & ESSA have been navigating the COVID-19 crisis with the amazing support of our members, other associations, and the broader industry.

The Event Supplier and Services Association (ESSA) has announced that it has become an ACID partner with Anti Copying In Design (ACID), to help protect its members - many of whom originate creative designs as their core business.

The Event Industry Alliance (AEV, ESSA and AEO) has written a letter to the PM Boris Johnson asking him for the specific inclusion of events and any related businesses in all and every measure or support packages that the government puts forward.

The Event Industry Alliance (AEV, AEO and ESSA) have released a collection of resources, documents, links, and advice for working remotely, available through the members’ sections of the respective association websites.

I hope this communication finds both you and your families in good health as we endeavour to maintain our social distance.

We are delighted to introduce the companies who have joined ESSA in the first quarter of 2020.

In a letter to the Chancellor Rishi Sunak today, Andrew Harrison (Director ESSA), Chris Skeith (CEO, AEO), and Rachel Parker (Director, AEV)  have asked for a rescue plan to specifically support the exhibition industry and its supply chain.

Since the virus first emerged as a potential public health threat in January, the AEV, AEO and ESSA have been supporting their members in a number of ways, including representing members to government and agencies at the highest level to help ensure business continuity for their members and the industry at large.

The ESSA Future Focus Board has announced the completion of its first round of mental health workshops, and Jess Corbett, Future Focus Board chair, is considering them a resounding success.

The ESSA Forum and AGM 2020 will be held on Thursday 30 April, at Pergola Olympia, London.

ESSA, AEV and AEO have announced the launch of a new member benefit, the “heads up” mental health tool kit.



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