The Events Industry Board is encouraging members of the events industry to get involved with its new Working Groups.

The Groups – which will continue detailed work on the priority issues affecting the industry – will be led by members of the Events Industry Board with contributors drawn from across the sector. Chair of the Board, Nick de Bois, is now actively calling for industry representatives to get in touch.

Confirmed topics to be addressed by the initial two Working Groups are:


Understanding venue capacity, occupancy, regional spread, connectivity and transport across the whole of the UK as an essential part of targeting new international business and growing existing events.

Talent, Skills and Human Resources

Building on scoping work in the this area of critical importance already carried out by the Hospitality and Creative Industries, the Working Group will consider current skills gaps and the future skills and resources required in a post Brexit environment.

A future Working Group covering Industrial Strategy will also be included when and if a Tourism Sector Deal is agreed by the Government as part of its Brexit considerations.

Welcoming the new Working Groups, Nick de Bois said:

“I am keen that members from across the industry will come forward to share their expertise and advice to support the working groups. Government interest in the events industry is at an all-time high but we must continue to provide robust and well-researched solutions to complex challenges and the working groups will support this aim.  With trade and industry at the heart of the great Brexit debate, we have a window of opportunity to put forward the best case for business events as an economic driver. We need to seize the moment which is why I welcome the opportunity to work with others from this exciting industry.”

Industry representatives who would like to be involved with the Working Groups are encouraged to contact the respective Chairs:

Event Industry Board members will also continue to work alongside ongoing Department for Digital , Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) and VisitBritain groups on improving Britain’s international competitiveness and reviewing and improving the effectiveness of the Government’s Event Support Programme.

Further round table meetings with DCMS Ministers are also expected to be announced in the coming months for International Buyers, Destination Management Organisations and Outdoor events.