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Important notice: The Business of Events Scotland Senior Leadership Summit and Dinner

As you are aware, the situation around COVID-19 has been evolving rapidly over recent days, and we are conscious that delegates are preparing to travel across Scotland and from the UK to The Business of Events Scotland Senior Leadership Summit on the 24th March. We are also very mindful that during the current climate your focus and resources are urgently needed elsewhere.

After consulting closely with partners and stakeholders, and the recent postponement of The Business of Events Senior Leadership Forum in London, we have taken the difficult, but we believe appropriate decision, to postpone the Summit and Dinner until the position becomes clearer.

While this is disappointing, we also believe we should focus our efforts on using TBOE Scotland to support the recovery efforts when that time comes, which we all hope is very soon.

Thank you for your understanding and support, and on behalf of everyone involved with TBOE Scotland and VisitScotland Business Events, we wish you good health.

Important notice: The Business of Events Senior Leadership Forum

As you are aware, the situation around COVID-19 has been evolving rapidly over recent days, and we are conscious that delegates and speakers are preparing to travel from across the UK to attend The Business of Events Senior Leadership Forum on Tuesday. We are also very mindful that we have a number of government officials and Ministers due to attend, at a time when their focus and resources are urgently needed elsewhere.

After consulting closely with government, partners and stakeholders, we have taken the difficult, but we believe appropriate decision, to postpone the Forum until the position becomes clearer.

While this is disappointing, we also believe we should focus our efforts on using TBOE to support the recovery efforts when that time comes, which we all hope is very soon.

Thank you for your understanding and support, and on behalf of everyone involved with TBOE, we wish you good health.

See you on the other side.

The Business of Events Senior Leadership Forum Programme

Senior Leadership Forum
Tuesday 17th March 2020, The Mermaid London

TimeContentSpeakers / Location
8.30Arrival, Registration and CoffeeTaking place in the Lower River Room
9.20Delegates to take seats in the Upper River Room
9.30Welcome and IntroductionSimon Hughes, Vice Chair BVEP
9:40                             Whitehall Briefing What do the new Government priorities mean for the UK Event sector?Stephen Darke, Head of Tourism, Department for Digital, Culture Media & Sport
10:00    The Challenge of COVID-19 What does the industry need to do to recover quickly from the Coronavirus crisis and what lessons do we need to learn to safeguard events in the future?Shane Hannam, ibtm Judy Elvey, Cvent Sheriff Karamat, PCMA Allen Simpson, London & Partners
11.00                        Coffee and ConversationTaking place in the Lower River Room
11:30                        Making UK Events GREAT How is VisitBritain working to make the UK a leading destination for business events?Fiona Macdonald, Senior Manager Business Events, VisitBritain
12.00The Tourism Sector Deal – What can we Deliver in the Post-Brexit Landscape? Events helped land the Governments landmark Tourism Sector Deal – but can we now deliver on it?Joss Croft, UKInbound Kurt Jansen, Tourism Alliance Andy Lenthall, PSA Kate Nicholls, UK Hospitality
13:00                         LunchTaking place in the Lower River Room
14.15State of the Union A look at the business events landscape post-election and Brexit with an update from leading UK destinationsKerrin MacPhie, MeetEngland Neil Brownlee, VisitScotland Heledd Williams, Visit Wales Tracy Halliwell MBE, London & Partners
14.45Trends Update An overview of the latest business events industry report and the impact of culture and festival data on the sectorDr Caroline Jackson, Events Industry Forum John Gallery, BVEP
15.15Tea and ChatTaking place in the Lower River Room
15.45Talent and Skills
An update and recommendations on the Event Industry Skills Report
EIB Talent Taskforce
16.00The Big Conversation – the Future of the UK Events SectorGiles Smith, Deputy Director for Heritage, Tourism, and Cultural Diplomacy, Department for Digital, Culture Media & Sport
16.30Audience Feedback 
17.00Thank You and Close 
17.00Drinks, Canapés and Conversation
Courtesy of The Mermaid London
Taking place in the Upper River Room
18.00Depart 

The Business of Events Announces Programme for Rescheduled Senior Leadership Forum

The Business of Events has today announced the programme for its rescheduled Senior Leadership Forum, which will take place at The Mermaid London on 17th March 2020.

Despite the impact of the Coronavirus outbreak, and following advice from Government and Public Health England, the event will go ahead, but with some restrictions and enhanced health measures.

Stephen Darke, Head of Tourism at the Department for Digital, Culture Media & Sport (DCMS), will kick off the forum with an address on the new government’s priorities and what this will means for the UK event sector.

A discussion around the impacts and challenges of the COVID-19 outbreak on the events sector will include representatives from some of the industry’s largest associations and organisations including IBTM, Cvent, PCMA and London & Partners. The conversation will focus on what the industry needs to do to recover from the crisis and what lessons can be learnt to safeguard its future.

The Tourism Sector Deal, launched by former Prime Minister Theresa May last year, will be discussed along with next steps and actions for the industry. The panel will include Joss Croft from UKInbound; Kurt Jansen from the Tourism Alliance; Andy Lenthall from PSA and Kate Nicholls from UK Hospitality.

The final session of the day will be delivered by Giles Smith, Deputy Director for Heritage, Tourism, and Cultural Diplomacy, DCMS, who will give an insight into the future landscape of the UK events sector from a government perspective.

Additional sessions include the State of the Union, with representatives from MeetEngland; VisitScotland; Visit Wales and London & Partners which will focus the challenges and opportunities post European Union, an overview of business events industry trends from the new BVEP Industry report and an update on the Event Industry Skills Report created by the Event Industry Board Talent Taskforce.

This year’s London series will also include an invitation-only Senior Leadership Dinner, which will follow the Forum, and be held at {10 – 11} Carlton House Terrace, home to the British Academy, in partnership with Searcys. The dinner will be attended by new Minister of Tourism, Nigel Huddleston MP, along with several government representatives and senior leaders from across the UK events sector.

The Business of Events Scotland, which was also postponed due to the UK General Election, will now take place on 24th March 2020 at the National Museum of Scotland. The invitation-only event will include a Senior Leadership Summit as well as a Senior Leadership Dinner.

The Business of Events is a not for profit series of independent cross sector events designed to engage, support and promote the UK events industry.

The Business of Events Announces Revised Dates for London and Scotland Programmes in March 2020

The Business of Events (TBOE) has today announced that its London and Scotland events, which were postponed due to the early general election, will now take place on the 17th and 24th March 2020.

The TBOE Senior Leadership Forum and Reception, which has been rescheduled for the 17th March 2020, will be held at The Mermaid London and will be followed by the Senior Leadership Dinner at 10 – 11 Carlton House Terrace, the home of The British Academy, in partnership with Searcys. The revised date for The Parliamentary Debate will be announced once details of the parliamentary timetable have been released.

Also rescheduled for March is TBOE Scotland, which will now include a Senior Leadership Summit ahead of the Senior Leadership Dinner. The event will take place on the 24th March 2020 at The National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh.

Last month, more than 90 delegates attended TBOE Wales at the newly opened ICC Wales in Newport. The event, which included speakers from the Welsh, UK and Scottish business events sectors, focused on collaboration and inspired attendees to further develop Wales as a leading international business events destination.

Taking place ahead of IBTM World on November 18th, the first ever TBOE Global Policy & Practice Forum was attended by over 40 international destinations, convention bureau, medical associations and policy makers. The event, which took place at the Hotel Seventy in Barcelona, focused on developing a policy approach within the global medical and healthcare sectors.

The Business of Events is a not for profit series of independent cross sector events designed to engage, support and promote the UK events industry.

For further information on The Business of Events, and to register your interest in attending, please visit – https://thebusinessofevents.org

Click here to watch a video of the TBOE Wales event

Click here to watch a video from the TBOE Global Policy & Practice Forum

The Business of Events Wales inspires the country to win even more events

Partnership, collaboration and inspiring confidence were just some of the key themes emerging from The Business of Events Wales held this week at the newly-opened International Convention Centre Wales in Newport.

A packed audience comprising Welsh venues, products, hotels, destinations and event planners heard from a wide range of expert speakers who presented on topics as diverse as developing a business events sector strategy to the emerging opportunities to further build Wales as a business events destination.

Michael Hirst OBE, Chair of the Events Industry Board said: “The Business of Events Wales provides a perfect opportunity for collaboration amongst Welsh businesses and with government at all levels. Wales is uniquely placed in the UK to increase its market share of business events both nationally and internationally. It’s an exciting time for the country and I’m hearing more and more positive feedback about both the warmth of the Welsh welcome and Wales’ desire to bring even more business into all parts of the destination.”

Heledd Williams, Head of Business Events at Welsh Government, urged the audience to help communicate the extensive range of venues and services that make Wales’ business events offering so unique. She said: “Our job is to be storytellers – to tell the world why Wales is a great destination for all kinds of events. We need to be bold, confident and proud of not just our landscapes, culture and heritage but also the innovation, expertise and cutting-edge research that is shaping the perception of Wales as a great place to do business. There is a huge opportunity to grow business events in Wales and we are grabbing it with both hands.”

Delegates were also given the opportunity to look around the recently-opened ICC Wales which hosted more than 8,000 delegates during its opening two weeks, including visitors to the three-day UK Space Conference.

Speaking at The Business of Events Wales, Ian Edwards, CEO of Celtic Manor Resort and ICC Wales said: “ICC Wales has rapidly become known for its unique incorporation of the outdoors with stunning woodland views, natural daylight throughout the venue and outdoor meeting areas.  Our spectacular new convention centre is a game-changer for Wales and establishes the whole country as a true destination for business events. This is Wales’ venue and we want everyone to feel at home here, from taxi drivers and the local community to international event strategists.”

The Business of Events Wales was preceded by a stakeholder dinner hosted at ICC Wales. Guests included Eluned Morgan, Welsh Government Minister for International Relations and the Welsh Language, Sir Terry Matthews, owner of the Celtic Manor Resort and industry influencers from both within Wales and from the rest of the UK.

The Business of Events is a not for profit series of independent cross sector events designed to engage, support and promote the UK events industry.

The Business of Events Announces Programme for Wales

The programme was announced today for The Business of Events Wales, which takes place at the recently-opened ICC Wales on Tuesday 12th November 2019.

This year’s event will focus on the UK-wide and Welsh business events landscape with a particular emphasis on collaboration between business events and key economic and academic themes. Speakers will include Sally Greenhill from The Right Solution, who will discuss business events, economic themes and bidding for events and Rory Archibald from VisitScotland Business Events, who will outline the strategy behind Scotland’s Award-winning “Legends” campaign.

Other featured guests include Kerrin MacPhie, Head of Business Events at VisitBritain, Michael Hirst, Chair, Events Industry Board and Heledd Williams, Head of Business Events at Welsh Government. Ian Edwards, Chief Executive at Celtic Manor Resort and ICC Wales will also be outlining the story so far behind the recently-opened convention centre.

Due to the recently announced general election The Business of Events Senior Leadership Forum, Parliamentary Debate and Senior Leadership Dinner scheduled to take place this week has been postponed until early 2020. The next event in The Business of Events series is the IBTM Global Policy & Practice Forum, which will take place at Hotel Seventy in Barcelona on 18th November and the Scotland Leadership Dinner, which will take place at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh on 26th November.

The Business of Events is a not for profit series of independent cross sector events designed to engage, support and promote the UK events industry.

For further information on The Business of Events, and to apply for registration, please visit https://thebusinessofevents.org/register/

The Business of Events – London 2019 postponed

You may be aware that yesterday Parliament voted in favour of an early general election, which will take place on 12th December 2019. As a result, Parliament is likely to be dissolved on 6th November, and while we are still waiting on advice from the Cabinet Office, it is highly unlikely that we would be able to have anyone from government or Parliament attending any of the planned events in London.

Given this was always a major part of the programme, we have decided to move the dates of the London events to January 2020. This will include the Senior Leadership Forum, Parliamentary Debate and Senior Leadership Dinner. The events planned for Wales, Scotland and Barcelona will still take place as planned.

While this is obviously disappointing, we would prefer to do this to ensure your time at these events is well spent, and we will confirm details of the revised dates as soon as we have them.

If you have any questions, please do contact us directly.

The Business of Events Announces Programme for the 2019 Senior Leadership Forum

The Business of Events has today announced the programme for its flagship Senior Leadership Forum, which takes place at The Mermaid London on 6th November 2019. 

This year’s Senior Leadership Forum will focus on discussing the opportunities surrounding the governments recently announced Tourism Sector Deal. Presentations from across Westminster include; Giles Smith, Heritage, Tourism, and Cultural Diplomacy at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, who will speak about the role of government and the recently launched International Business Events Action Plan; James Heappey MP, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for the UK Events Industry, who will provide a briefing on the current situation in Parliament along with a preview of the upcoming Business of Events Parliamentary Debate and Madeleine Burns, Deputy Director of Events at the Department for International Trade, who will update on how events are being used to support the UK’s Industrial Strategy.

Chantal Van Es from Sibos, a global financial superpower, whose event was recently held for the first time in London, with 11,500 delegates and more than 300 exhibitors, will also share her thoughts on their experience of London and what major global events look for when selecting a destination.

Additional sessions include a State of the Union panel discussion, with updates from leading destinations across the UK, including MeetEngland, Visit Scotland, Visit Wales and London & Partners and Kerrin MacPhie, Head of Business Events at VisitBritain, on the Business Events Growth Programme.

This year’s London series will also include a further Parliamentary Debate, held at Portcullis House, and staged in association with the All Party Parliamentary Group for Events. An invitation-only Senior Leadership Dinner will follow the Parliamentary Debate and be held at Carlton House Terrace, home to the British Academy. 

Additional Forums will be held in Wales, at the newly opened ICC Wales in Newport, on 12th November, and in Scotland, at the National Museum of Scotland, on 26th November. The Business of Events IBTM Global Policy & Practice Forum will also be held in Barcelona on 18th November.

The Business of Events is a not for profit series of independent cross sector events designed to engage, support and promote the UK events industry.

For further information on The Business of Events, and to apply for registration, please visit https://thebusinessofevents.org/register/

{10 – 11} Carlton House Terrace and Searcys to host The Business of Events Senior Leadership Dinner 2019

10 – 11}Carlton House Terrace, home to The British Academy, and Searcys have been named as the official hosts for The Business of Events (TBOE) Senior Leadership Dinner, which takes place on 7th November 2019.

The private invitation-only dinner will take place in the Council Room, which features stunning period portraits and an ornate vaulted ceiling. For the occasion, Searcys’ chefs have created a sustainable seasonal menu accompanied by English sparkling wines.

The dinner will be attended by MP’s and senior government officials including James Heappey MP, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Events, representatives from the Department of Digital, Culture, Media & Sport and the Department for International Trade along with senior representatives from this year’s TBOE Official Partners and other senior industry leaders.

Catherine Owen, Venue Director, {10 – 11} Carlton House Terrace said: “The Business of Events provides a unique opportunity for organisations to discuss and engage with government officials and key organisations within the industry. I am looking forward to this year’s programme of events and welcoming some of the UK’s most senior representatives in the events industry to our venue for the Senior Leadership Dinner.”

Matthew Thomas, Managing Director, Searcys said: “As much as 50% of Searcys’ business is made up of events, so in an ever-changing market it is important to build strong relationships with our UK and international industry colleagues. We are delighted to support The Business of Events and host the Senior Leadership Dinner at {10 – 11} Carlton House Terrace.”

The Official Partners for this year’s event include VisitBritain, Meet England, ExCeL London, IBTM, Visit Wales, ICC Wales, VisitScotland Business Events, Scottish Event Campus, The Mermaid London, Cvent, {10 – 11} Carlton House Terrace and Searcys.

For further information on The Business of Events please visit thebusinessofevents.org