The Business Visits & Events Partnership (BVEP) has launched a manifesto for the meetings and events industry to senior policy makers, government departments, MPs and ministers.
‘Events Can Win for Britain’ aims to underline the role the industry can play to boost both business and tourism.
The partnership’s Manifesto Working Group, under the leadership of BVEP MD Brian Kirsch put the manifesto together with input from the partnership’s 22 leading representative bodies.
“Increasingly we are getting the ear of government and we wanted a document that not onlysells our industry, but explains how ministers and policy makers can create a better environment for the industry to flourish” comments Brian Kirsch. “We have extended print runs of the manifesto so that anyone in the industry that has a relationship with government departments can pass on a copy ahead of the General Election.”
The manifesto’s 39 recommendations are set out in eight sections highlighting a role for national and local government, focusing on better regulation and more competitive taxation, together with proposals for infrastructure, marketing and training.
Some of the specific proposals are:
* Place events at the centre of economic growth
* Create a Special Events visa
* Increase the annual tax exemption for staff parties and social functions
“With a general election only seven months away, now is a crucial time to start convincing politicians, prospective parliamentary candidates and those who compile the party manifestos that the events industry can help to shape Britain’s future,” said BVEP chairman Michael Hirst (pictured).
“The document is comprehensive and lays out the ways government can support the £39.1bn events industry; any political party seeking to win the election needs to take note of it.”
The ‘Events Can Win for Britain’ report will be widely distributed across government departments and directly to ministers, as well as through the All Party Parliamentary Group for Events, chaired by Nick de Bois MP.
Britain for Events has launched a National Events Month initiative focusing on different sectors of the industry in four focus weeks in October.