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BVEP goes international as it updates terms of reference

The UK’s Business Visits and Events Partnership (BVEP) has  opened itself up to international organisations active on the UK market, as it updates its terms of reference and steps up its advocacy efforts on behalf of the UK Events Industry.

The new terms, which were agreed at a recent member meeting in NewcastleGateshead, outlined a revised vision, mission and objectives.

BVEP confirmed its coordination of representations across all partner organisations covering meetings; conferences; exhibitions; tradeshows; incentive travel; event hospitality; ceremonies; sporting; cultural and festivals as well as other services provided to event attendees.

Positioning itself as the UK events industry’s umbrella body, the BVEP’s key stated aim is to forge closer links with policymakers and maintain its strong relationships with UK government departments such as the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, the Department for International Trade and the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy.

The partnership is now opening up full membership to all event industry associations and representative bodies in the UK and to international organisations with divisions or arrangements which represent the interests of their members in the United Kingdom.

Michael Hirst OBE, (pictured) chair, BVEP (and also of the UK’s Events Industry Board) said: “The new terms of reference incorporate a strong vision and mission of support for the industry and is backed up by a set of robust objectives to bring the industry together in a more collaborative way. The partnership is also extending its membership to other collective representative organisations that have an interest in the events sector in the UK and introducing a more formal committee structure. This is to ensure the industry’s voice is louder than ever before as in the future events will play an even bigger role in Britain’s industrial and economic strategy”.

The full terms of reference document can be found on the BVEP website here.