Members old and new took to the River Thames on April 27th, for the Event Supplier and Services Association’s (ESSA) 10th anniversary AGM. Held aboard the Jewel of London, the river boat which hosted the inaugural ESSA AGM in 2007, the meeting enjoyed unprecedented attendance, with over 100 representatives from 57 member companies on board.

Celebrating its tenth anniversary year, The Event Supplier and Services Association (ESSA) has announced that it will be holding its annual general meeting on April 27, on board the "Jewel of London”, the same vessel that hosted ESSA’s first AGM.

The Event Supplier and Services Association (ESSA) has announced that it has entered into a partnership with the Department for International Trade (DIT) to give its members access to a broad range of information and support for trading overseas, including direct access to DIT international trade advisers and opportunities to raise their profile abroad.

In The Rough 2017, the annual industry golf day organised by the Event Supplier and Services Association (ESSA), will be taking place on July 6th 2017 at The Belfry in Warwickshire, and the association has announced that to celebrate its tenth anniversary year, it has secured the historic Brabazon course for the competition.

With more than 160 delegates representing over 100 companies, the ESSA 2016 Conference, November 24, at Ricoh Arena, exceeded all previous attendance records for this annual industry event.

The Event Supplier and Services Association (ESSA) has announced an historic partnership with the University of Lincoln to support and provide resources for undergraduates studying Design for Exhibition & Museums, within the university’s School of Architecture & Design.

The Event Supplier and Services Association (ESSA) is preparing to unveil a year of special events and activities to mark the association’s tenth anniversary in 2017. Founded in 2007 with the merger of the Association of Exhibition Contractors (AEC) and British Event Contractors Association (BECA), ESSA has faced a decade of challenges from within and outside the industry on behalf of its members, whilst building an enviable portfolio of member benefits and services, from legal and H&S helplines to e-learning resources and discounted rates on insurance.

The Event Supplier and Services Association (ESSA) has announced the appointment of a new chair and vice-chair for the association’s board. Current chair, Andrew Kennedy of Perton Signs, is stepping down from the post after 2 years, and is handing the torch to current association vice-chair Chris Criscione, MD of Equinox Design. Board member Martin Cairns, commercial director Reeds Carpets, succeeds Criscione as vice-chair.

The Event Supplier and Services Association (ESSA) has announced that it will be partnering with the Association of Event Organisers (AEO) for a third year, extending its support beyond the 2017 FaceTime Exhibitor Masterclasses to include the two flagship AEO events, AEO Forums and AEO Conference.



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