The Event Suppliers and Services Association (ESSA) has formally announced the appointment of an apprentice membership administrator to assist the membership secretary with processing new members, communicating with existing members and to provide general administrative support.

The Event Supplier and Services Association (ESSA) has committed to support FaceTime, the promotional campaign for the exhibition industry, for a fourth consecutive year.

The chair of the Event Supplier and Services Association (ESSA), Chris Criscione, has taken up the position of chair of the Events Industry Alliance (EIA) as part of the rotation of the position through the three industry associations, ESSA, the Association of Event Organisers (AEO) and the Association of Event Venues (AEV).

There is a need for more MPs to support the All Party Parliamentary Group on Events so that the voice of the industry can be heard in Parliament. This group is currently chaired by James Heappey MP who has drafted the wording below with a request that you consider sending it to your local MP. You can check which MP represents the area where your business is located by using this link:

ESSA is at the start of a long journey, one we understand has no real end date.

It has been identified for some time that our industry was developing a bit of a problem with regard to attracting new talent. 

The AEV/AEO/ESSA Technical Committee, Electrics convened at the QEII Centre on Thursday November 9, 2017 with Chris Morrison of Olympia London in the chair.

Driving rain and heavy traffic did nothing to dissuade 170 delegates from arriving at Ricoh Arena for the Event Supplier and Services Association (ESSA) 10th Anniversary Conference and Snow Ball on 7th December, for a packed programme of speakers and panels.That was followed by the spectacular Snow Ball and ESSA Anniversary Awards where over 300 guests saw Samantha Fenlon of Freeman win the Young Person Award, Aztec Event Services won Member Company Award, and the Outstanding Contribution to the Industry Award was won by Chris Criscione, managing director of Equinox Design.

The AEV/AEO/ESSA Sustainability Working Group met for the second time this year on Thursday October 19th at the NEC, convening at Severn Trent’s anaerobic digestion plant at Coleshill, where all NEC Group venues send their food waste.

The AEV/AEO/ESSA Health & Safety Working Group convened for its second meeting of the year at the NEC, Birmingham on Wednesday October 11 with Paul Brough of Olympia London in the chair and 27 attendees present.

The second meeting of the new Event Industry HR Working Group took place at Diversified Communications, Brighton on September 13 2017, with Trevor Foley of tfconnect in the chair.

Business Visits and Events included on the Tourism Industry Council


In the Rough, the event industry golf day, generated in excess of £6000 in 2017, a sum that will be divided equally between Macmillan Cancer Care and Sparks, the childrens' medical charity.



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