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Crowdfunding opens for One Industry, One Voice awareness campaign

A crowdfunding drive has launched for smaller events businesses, sole traders and freelancers who may now contribute to the wider One Industry, One Voice awareness campaign.

The industry-wide awareness campaign has already raised £32,000 from mid- and large-size events businesses.

Businesses employing fewer than 50 people and annual turnover below £10m may pledge £250, while larger organisations can contribute £500. Those wishing to contribute should follow this link. Sole traders, freelancers, and small companies are free contribute what they can afford.

The campaign is being driven by a newly-formed Action Group, led by the Business Visits and Events Partnership (BVEP), and has now met online twice to discuss, stress test, and factor in key messages and craft the PR brief, which will soon be put out to tender.

The next phase is to divide the group into smaller committees tasked with driving different areas, including arranging the PR brief to go out to tender and sourcing, managing the activation and communications, and the collection of the pledged funds.

If you have already pledged financial support, once of the group members below will be in touch shortly.

The Action Group is chaired by Simon Hughes, chair of the BVEP, and is joined by the following:

  • Rick Stainton, Smyle
  • Martin Fullard, Mash Media
  • Chetan Shah, Micebook
  • Mike Kuneim, Jack Morton
  • Tim Collett, WRG, The Creative Engagement Group
  • Sarah Haywood, Sarah Haywood Events
  • Greg Lawson, Smart
  • Charlotte Gentry, Pure Communications Group
  • Steve Squires, GetConnekted
  • Judy Elvey, MPI UK&I
  • Andy Lenthall, Production Services Association (PSA)
  • Will Mould, XYZ
  • Jeremy Rees, ExCeL London
  • Michael Wyrley-Birch, TRO
  • Nick Morgan, We Are The Fair
  • Simon Tracey, Vibration Group
  • Dale Parmenter, DRPG
  • Anita Howard, ICE
  • Claire Wormsley, The Media House
  • Carmen Searle, Association of Event Organisers (AEO)
  • Justin Hammond, Maestra Group

The aim of the One Industry, One Voice campaign, which will support the movement #WeCreateExperiences, is to raise awareness among the general public and national media about the true value of the industry to daily life, the wider economy, and to reassure both the public and corporations that events are safe as standard come 1 October, when larger events will be able to run again in England.

The money raised so far will fund a professionally-led PR campaign, which the Action Group will put out to tender once the details of the brief and message are finalised by mid-August.

The #WeCreateExperiences movement was conceived by Rick Stainton, executive group director at creative agency Smyle, who put the idea forward at Mash Media’s #GetBritainMeeting summit in July and is fronted by the BVEP.

Click here to contribute

Contact

Rick Stainton, group executive director, Smyle: rick@smyle.co.uk

Simon Hughes, chair of the BVEP, on simon@mchassociates.co.uk

Supporters

Below is a list of events businesses which have pledged financial support to the campaign. It is not too late to join in

TRO

Crewsaders

Hire Space

Vibration Group

Ice Hub

Major Events International

ExCel London

Pure Comms

VenueLab

Peopleactivation

Smyle

Tobacco Dock London

Wolf&White

Yellow Fish

Realise

Strata

Steel Deck

DRPG

Sleek Events

On Productions

PSP AV

All Bright

Noble Events

Performing Artistes

Sarah Haywood Events

AT Comms

Andrew Winterburn

XYZ

Smart Group

Touch Associates

GPJ

Owl Live

Jack Morton

Worldspan

Top Banana

WRG

emc3

CI Group

Getconnekted

Sense London

Red E2

Seven Events

PAEM

IN2Global

Cheerful21st

Delegate Wranglers

Event Connections

Goose Live

the editevents

Activate Events

Nteractive

Set Creative

ABPCO

JT Production Services

IMEX

London & Partners

Big Venue Book

RPM

Stagestruck

Lime Blue Solutions

Broadsword Group

Young Guns

Amplify

Mash Media

Michael Hirst

c2events

First

mia

NJ Live

Micebook

Olympia London

Marketing Advantage

SEC

Rodeo Crew

Richard Waddington

Southbank Centre

MGN Events

Science Museum

BDC

The Media House

JT Event Truck

Event Safety Plan

Brandfuel

BCD

TTA

IvoryWorldwide

Unique venues of London

Brands at Work

Fairmont Savoy

Speakers Corner

Global Hotels Alliance

Maestra Group

AEO

Orange Door

CWT Meetings & Events