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.

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.

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

The Event Supplier and Services Association (ESSA) has announced that for 2020 its AGM will be broadcast live on the 15 July with interactive voting and a question and answer panel session to follow.

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.



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