Creative England invests £250,000 into Production Park development

Creative England has invested £250,000 into the development of Production Park, as part of an ambitious project to expand its offer. The facility, in Wakefield, is already a go-to location for the build and design of many high-profile music tours. It also has a keen focus on education. Created to train the next generation of live industry professionals, Backstage Academy currently delivers degree level education to students in Live Events Production, Live Visual Design & Production and Stage Management and is looking to expand its range of degree courses over the next couple of years.

ESSA launches online talent and recruitment hub

The Event Services and Supplier Association (ESSA) has announced the launch of its talent and recruitment hub, a permanent online repository of assets and collateral to support and promote the event industry as a career of choice for young people. Chris Criscione, ESSA Chair Events Industry Alliance (EIA) chair and managing director of Equinox Design, made the announcement, saying “Now everyone will have the material they need to make a compelling case for careers in the event industry. ESSA has invested in this initiative to help companies campaign and spread the word about the breadth and variety of the career paths in events."

Small but mighty EEF Venues takes the titles for five consecutive years

EEF Venues is celebrating its success in the BDRC Continental’s VenueVerdict Awards 2017 after it has been named Best Small & Medium Sized Group and Best Value for Money Group for the fifth consecutive year. The 2017 awards are based on 14,900 individual pieces of feedback received from 376 participating meeting venues and hotels in the UK and Ireland.

Sadness as Ellesmere’s Merefest festival is cancelled

Merefest, which was launched in 2013 as a free festival, has become a popular annual fixture. It brought a host of outdoor activities and live bands to Ellesmere’s Mere and Cremorne Gardens. But the festival lost funding from the Meres and Mosses Landscape Partnership Scheme last year, and ticket revenues at the 2017 event failed to raise enough money to carry on.

Music venues hail ‘seismic victory’ in housing noise battle

The music industry is hailing a major victory after ministers vowed to change planning rules in England to protect venues from complaints about noise. Stars including Sir Paul McCartney warned venues forced to pay for soundproofing neighbouring properties could be driven out of business.

Eurosport and StubHub join forces to give fans access to the world’s greatest sporting...

StubHub, an eBay company and the world’s largest ticket marketplace, has teamed up with Eurosport – the number one destination for sports fans in Europe – to become the company’s online ticketing partner. The partnership means fans visiting Eurosport’s flagship online destination - eurosport.com - will be able to directly purchase tickets via StubHub to some of the world’s biggest sport and entertainment events.

SK Events takes a stand against environmentally damaging plastics

SK Events, the company behind Liverpool Food and Drink Festival, Liverpool Spring Festival and Manchester Eats, has launched an initiative to keep its events free from any plastics that may be harmful to the environment. As part of the initiative, all restaurants, cafes, bars and producers across the three festivals are being encouraged to sign a pledge to only serve food and drink in containers that are biodegradable. Traders are also being urged not to use single-use plastic straws in drinks.

Easyfairs publishes Activity Report with record results and announces rebrand

Multinational event organiser and venue manager Easyfairs has published its 2016-17 Activity Report and, in the process, announced a rebranding. Henceforth, all of the group’s activities will come under the umbrella brand Easyfairs. Previously the group was known as Artexis Easyfairs, with the venue side of the business (in Belgium and Sweden) branded Artexis and events in all countries branded Easyfairs.

Kent Event Centre and Kent County Show Team win Emergency Planning and partnership Award...

The Kent Event Centre and Kent County Show Team have been awarded the Emergency Planning and Partnership Award for 2017 from the Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust. The award recognises excellence in event planning and partnership with the NHS to avoid hospital admissions from events held at the Kent Showground.

Really Creative Media ‘Party on the Dancefloor’ with Steps UK tour

Really Creative Media, expert digital and live production business, was entrusted to design the stage content for British pop group Steps’ ‘Party on the Dance Floor’ arena tour, a vibrant celebration of twenty years since their formation.

The ACC Liverpool Group appoints new assistant director of conference and exhibition sales

The ACC Liverpool Group has appointed Adrian Evans as its assistant director of conference and exhibition sales. He will be responsible for driving and delivering conference and exhibition sales strategies; developing existing and creating new client and stakeholder relationships; generating new business opportunities and maximising revenue and growth.

Manchester Central further bolsters its sales and events teams

The North of England’s leading conference and exhibition venue has further strengthened its sales and events teams with the addition of several new appointments. Manchester Central recently welcomed Ruth Halliday and Danielle Kidron in Sales Account Manager roles – Danielle overseeing Public Sector client accounts, whilst Ruth joins the Corporate Sales Team.

Anna Valley acquires Matrix UK Solutions

Anna Valley, the leading provider of AV rental services and fixed installations to the event, retail, corporate and entertainment sectors has acquired live event specialists, Matrix UK Solutions. The purchase follows a long professional relationship and will strengthen Anna Valley’s position in the AV rental market with the addition of Matrix’s experienced staff and client base.

Post-Christmas party for the Hospitality and Events Industry, raises £14,656 for industry charities

On Friday 12th January 2018, Battersea Evolution welcomed the return of ‘Hospitality Rocks’, a post-Christmas party like no other! Created exclusively by Smart Group for those working within the hospitality and events industry over the busy festive period, the ice-cool Après-Ski party in the heart of Battersea Park, London, gave these hard-working people the opportunity to celebrate their own Christmas party in style.

Event Tech Tribe expands its offering with venue booking tool

Event technology collaborative, The Event Tech Tribe is kicking off the New Year with an announcement that their family of best-in-craft event tech suppliers has grown. Venue booking software, Meetingselect is to become the seventh member of the Tribe, which has seen a huge surge in popularity over the past 12 months as a result of their unique approach to the event technology ecosystem, recently being named one of the Top 10 Meetings Innovations of the Year.

dmg events acquires suite of exhibitions and supporting media from South African media company

dmg events Middle East, Asia & Africa, a leading international events company, has acquired five exhibitions, and an associated publication, focused on the construction and transport infrastructure sectors from South African media company Hypenica.

5 things #EventProfs should know after CES 2018

Want to know what gadgets and gizmos the latest tech innovators are working on #EventProfs? CES (the Consumer Electronics Show) is the show to watch. The global tech show lands in Las Vegas every January and is a hotbed of innovation, cutting-edge new products and weird and wonderful devices.

Warrington Wolves sign security contract with Showsec

Showsec has signed a new two-year contract with Warrington Wolves to provide security services for all upcoming home games. The crowd management and event security company has already worked at The Halliwell Jones Stadium since 2009, and has been the Wolves’ primary security supplier for much of that time. However, this is the first time a permanent contract has been in place.

Unicorn Events hires 2 new members of events staff

Unicorn Events has expanded their team after significant growth within their current client base. The creative event agency’s top 3 clients have all placed repeat and additional business allowing MD, Hannah Luffman to appoint new team members.

Robe making an impact in Schladming

The former mining district of Schladming-Dachstein is considered one of the finest skiing areas in Austria during their season. It is also famous for the Men's World Cup Night Slalom – hailed by some as the biggest party in the Alps – attracting up to 50,000 spectators and skiing enthusiasts annually towards the end of January.

EFS supply carpet to match title sponsor branding at the William Hill World Dart’s...

The William Hill World Darts Championship is the largest and most prestigious darts tournament in the world, attracting sell-out crowds and a global TV audience of well over 10 million across its 19 days from 14 December to 1 January.

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