This month, our #BoardTalk plays host to event industry insurance specialist Mark Clayton. 

Having worked in large and small firms, and as a director/owner of a business, Mark brings a unique and broad perspective to the board and Working Groups. 

Andrew Harrison, talks to Hospitality and Events North about why offering formal training and development should not be overlooked and could be key to retaining talent in our sector.

Do you want to help drive positive change in our industry? ESSA's Project Manager, Nicola Crawford, discusses everything you need to know about ESSA's Working Groups and encourages members to join a group today. TO JOIN, REGISTER BY 30 JUNE. 

Welcome to the second edition of #BoardTalk. We caught up with ESSA board member and Director of OpsShaper Ltd, Lou Kiwanuka, to pick her brains about life in the events industry, her ambitions for ESSA and any words of wisdom.

ESSA's Sales & Business Development Manager, Helen Lowe, discusses ESSA's rapidly growing membership, the many opportunities this brings and how we can all play our part and reap rewards by using the 'Refer a Member' scheme. 

To coincide with Learning at Work Week (15-21 May), Andrew Harrison talks to M&IT about why formalising training and development in the workplace could be key to plugging the ongoing skills gap and retaining talent in our sector.

To mark World Day for Safety and Health at Work this week (28 April), Andrew Harrison says that being able to prove competency around health and safety is essential and urges the wider industry to support ESSA’s calls for standards and regulation in this area.

In the May issue of Hospitality & Events North, Andrew Harrison discusses why sustainability in the events industry urgently needs to adopt an industry-wide standard to become truly sustainable

ESSA announces the return of its annual two day Summer Event to include the lauded ESSA industry charity golf day, dinner and awards.

The Events Industry Alliance (EIA) – the collective associations of AEO, AEV and ESSA, is pleased to publish the seventh Size and Scale Index for Exhibitions (SASiE) report.

To mark Global Recycling Day 2023, Andrew Harrison takes the opportunity to look at the bigger picture and take stock of where we are with sustainability as an industry.

Welcome to #BoardTalk where we catch up with an ESSA board member to ask about life in the #eventsindustry, their ambitions for ESSA and probe them for any words of wisdom.



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