Industry associations unite in support of The Business of Events


The Business of Events (TBOE) has announced ABPCO, HBAA, IACC, ICCA, MPI, PCMA and UKinbound as supporting associations for its upcoming series of events. Designed to engage, support and promote the UK event industry, TBOE will take place during November 2019.

The agreements with the supporting associations will allow TBOE to leverage its relationship with some of the event industry’s best-known and most respected organisations, giving it access to a highly engaged global audience of meetings and events professionals.

Heather Lishman, ABPCO association director, said: “ABPCO is delighted to support The Business of Events 2019. We believe that the activities associated with this are ‘must-attend’ dates in our diary.  

“It gives us an opportunity to learn more about the strategic direction that is being taken by government regarding initiatives relevant to events, and it’s an amazing opportunity to network with colleagues from other associations and organisations who are as passionate about the event industry as we are. 

“The ABPCO values are excellence, learning and belonging, and our purpose is ‘proud to enable human enrichment through face to face gatherings’ – we firmly believe that The Business of Events programme of activities will give us an opportunity to fulfil these.”

Judy Elvey, president of MPI UK & Ireland, said: “MPI UK & Ireland is committed to supporting initiatives that help gain recognition for the sector.  The Business of Events is a truly collaborative series of events, which brings the UK event industry together to recognise the value of the sector and build stronger relationships with government.

“MPI UK & Ireland understands the importance and strength the industry has when uniting efforts, and we look forward to seeing what we can achieve as a result”.

This year’s TBOE series of events include a first-ever Business of Events Global Policy & Practice Forum, created in partnership with IBTM, The Barcelona Convention Bureau and PCMA, held in Barcelona ahead of IBTM World on 18th November; a returning Senior Leadership Forum, held for the first time at The Mermaid London on 6th November 2019; and The Parliamentary Debate, staged in association with the All Party Parliamentary Group for Events, held at Portcullis House. An invitation-only Senior Leadership Dinner, attended by events industry leaders and government representatives, will follow the debate.

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