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Event Production Show Announces Most Complete Educational Programme to Date

 

The Event Production Show has launched first details of its educational programme with even more senior figures in the outdoor events industry joining new and inspiring voices to create a comprehensive content schedule for the show.

 

John Giddings, Isle of Wight Festival; Tim Burgess, The Charlatans; Phil Bowdery, Live Nation; and Ben Jones, Virgin Radio, join together to create the centre piece of the event. Major experience production brands including The Fair will also provide insightful education for visitors over the two days.

 

"We’ve got incredible speakers, high profile brands and leading production agencies, all addressing current and real time topics at the show next year,” commented Duncan Siegle, Event Director, Event Production Show. "Both days of the show will have outstanding educational content that visitors can dive into as part of a complete experience at the event.”

 

The National Outdoor Events Association will also be putting together a panel review following its own conference, that once again addresses the monetization of events through partnerships. The association will also be presenting a second session that will update guests on legislative and operational changes in policing and security. Meanwhile, the show has also partnered with Major Events International to create a session on succeeding in the global events market.

 

The programme will take on topics from technology advances and trends, visitor safety and updates on the world of food and beverage at outdoor events. All part of one of the most complete educational schedules to be presented at the event.

 





Industry figures lead ‘sporting’ EPS panel

 

Event Production Show has announced its headline session for Day Two of the 2017 exhibition. ‘The Sporting Challenge: Creating new audiences through music’ will take place on the EPS Main Stage at 11am on 2 March.

 

The session will discuss how different event types are merging together to each other’s mutual benefit, to enhance both the organiser and visitor experience. How do you get two diverse events into the same venue on the same day, catering for two very different audiences? What are the pitfalls, and what are the benefits?

 

Industry leaders will fill the panel, including: Liz Doogan-Hobbs MBE (Liz Hobbs Group), Simon Bazalgette (The Jockey Club) and Jeremy Clifford (Kent Cricket Grounds). The session will be chaired by Channel 4’s Derek ‘Tommo’ Thomson.

 

"Events and audiences are changing, presenting organisers with new challenges,” commented Duncan Siegle, Event Director, Event Production Show. "This timely panel examines how organisers can work together for the greater good, creating innovative hybrid events that benefit the entire industry.”

 

The 2017 Event Production Show takes place 1-2 March at Olympia London. Register for the show here.

 





Green expert Lucy Siegle Confirmed for Event Production Show

Green expert Lucy Siegle Confirmed for Event Production Show

 

The Guardian and BBC contributor Lucy Siegle will host a headline-making talk on sustainability at the 2017 Event Production Show.

 

Siegle is one of the UK’s most recognisable opinion-forming journalists on sustainability and consumer issues. She has appeared in the pages of The Guardian and Observer, and on BBC’s The One Show, taking on the issues of the day with wit, enthusiasm and a real-world understanding.

 

At the show, she will apply her forensic understanding of sustainability to the events industry, dissecting cutting edge sustainability science and how it applies to event profs, the renewables revolution and how to harness green marketing value.

 

"Sustainability is at for the forefront of the events industry, and a constant in our visitors’ minds—many of whom will be on the show floor at EPS,” said Duncan Siegle, Event Director, Event Production Show. "It was important to us to bring a new dimension to the sustainable discussion. We want to show organisers the benefits of embracing all things green—not just for the future of society, but also for commercial success. Lucy is a thought leader and champion of these issues, and we are delighted to welcome her to the show.”

 

Siegle’s session will be held on Day One of the Event Production Show at 3pm on the EPS Main Stage.

 

EPS 2017 takes place 1-2 March at London Olympia. Register now to attend.

 





NOEA & GL events to Host Outdoor Events Leadership Forum

NOEA & GL events to Host Outdoor Events Leadership Forum

 

The National Outdoor Events Association and GL events will host the industry’s first leadership forum at the Event Production Show, as part of UK Events Week, next month. The forum will bring senior leadership figures within the world of outdoor events together to address the long-term future of the industry.

 

The event forms part of the partnership between NOEA and GL events, the first of its Futures Supporters. The objectives of the event are to help steer the conversations within the NOEA membership, and to understand what future trends will impact the outdoor events industry.

 

The event will be a closed session with no more than twenty ‘leaders’ within the industry from event organisers, to production companies, and across the supply chain. Discussion will address areas such as the future of ticketing, event technology, macro-economic factors, the physical make up of outdoor events of the future, and the ongoing concern from NOEA members on the industry’s commercialisation.

 

"One of the objectives of NOEA this year is to understand the industry that we are entering in 2017 and beyond, and to share findings with our members,” comments Andy Grove, Interim President of NOEA. "We’re working with GL events, as our first Futures Supporter, to bring some of the key people in this industry together, and to scope out the areas we need to investigate to get an insight into what the future brings for outdoor events.”

 

"This is the first event of its kind in the outdoor events market,” comments Scott Jameson, Managing Director, GL events. "Other sectors of the industry are looking towards the kind of events they will be having as far as 20 or 30 years from now. It’s therefore important to us, as a Futures Supporter of NOEA, that we help the industry look to the future and more importantly prepare for it.”

 

The Outdoor Events Industry Leadership Forum will take place as part of UK Events Week at the Event Production Show, 1stMarch 17. Findings from the session will be shared with NOEA members for comment, as well as with the wider outdoor events industry.

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Richard Limb to stand down as President

 
Richard Limb Steps Down as NOEA President

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Richard Limb will step down as President of the National Outdoor Event Association (NOEA) after 13 years in the post. Limb leaves following the culmination of NOEAs most successful conference yet, and a glittering awards ceremony. 



Limb, will pass the baton onto Andy Grove, Vice President of NOEA, who will take on the position for an interim period while a new President is found. Limb will continue to serve the association to ensure a seamless handover and implementation of a new strategy and a new voice from the association that begun with the convention and awards. 

 
"Few people in the history of NOEA has contributed as much as Richard has; 13 years is an incredibly long period of time for a commitment that requires a great deal of personal and professional attention, commented Andy Grove, Vice President of NOEA. "On behalf of all of our members, both past and present, Id like to thank Richard for this extraordinary contribution.



"Being President of NOEA is an incredible honour, a major responsibility and a lot of hard work, and Ive loved every second of it, commented Richard Limb. "Over the years weve met and worked alongside some of the best outdoor event organisers anywhere on the planet; from small festivals to Lord Sebastian Coe and the Olympic Games. The association has an incredible future and Im looking forward to staying involved, if from the back seat a little more!



The NOEA Convention was titled the Commercialisation Project: Making More Money Out of Events and was attended by well over 120 members and non-members of NOEA. Meanwhile the Annual NOEA Awards saw a record 125 people in attendance.



"The present council, under Richard's leadership has been focussed on creating a new voice from our association and to help lead it, and our industry, to create more benefit, more value and more opportunity for our members, continued Andy. "The reaction to the convention and awards was amazing, and were looking forward to carrying on this message.
 
 
 




The NOEA 13th Annual Convention - Awards Winners

  From an air show to the Tour of Britain, from innovative products to partnership working, the best events in the country were celebrated at a glittering ceremony in Bath last night.

And the father of festivals Michael Eavis also received the first National Outdoor Events Association "I? Award and a standing ovation from the guests at Bath?s Pump Rooms.

Richard Limb, NOEA President, presented the award and the citation said: "Thanks to him Glastonbury stands as one of this country?s greatest achievements. Michael has made an extraordinary and lasting contribution to the life and the culture of this country. And when it comes to staging outdoor events he has led the way.

"We are proud to recognise all he has done and we have created this award to do just that. The I award is for being inspirational, innovative and creating an incredible outdoor event.?

NOEA is the UK?s leading outdoor events trade association fights the events industry?s corner with campaigns ranging from tackling police costs to calling for a ban on Chinese lanterns due to the danger to life, livestock and land.

The event was attended by James Heappey, MP for Wells in Somerset who is also chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group for the UK Events Industry.

Lee Denny, who founded LeeFest which began as an impromptu event in his parents? garden and is now a festival near Tunbridge Wells attracting 5000 people, scooped three awards ?  Event team of the Year, PR Campaign of the Year for his Wildlife Adventure Camp and also the Judges? Award which recognises commercial flair.

The President?s Award went to youngster Bailey Matthews who has cerebral palsy but hasn?t let that stop him finishing triathlons. Videos of the youngster were played and he received a standing ovation.

It was a record breaking entry for the awards this year and judges said the quality was superb so being shortlisted was an achievement in itself, said NOEA chief executive Susan Tanner.

IOSH ? Institution of Occupational Safety and Health; NCASS ? Nationwide Caterers Association; GL Events ? which provides large-scale event structures; 2CL Communications ? which has over 40 years experience in Two Way Radios; Event Wine Solutions which provides wine in unbreakable, light weight eco-friendly bottles and EventsBase Magazine have all sponsored awards.

Plus Eventbrite is NOEA?s ticketing partner and Access All Areas is media partner. For more information please visit www.noea.org.uk

Best Practice Award

Winner: The Fair, London ? the judges said: "There were very strong testimonials with The Fair?s entry. They praised its partnership with clients and its commercial and safe events models.?

Runners Up: RG Jones, from London, Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Caterer of the Year Award

Winner: Pubs on Wheels, Winchester ? the judges said "innovative product well executed, keeping British pub alive?.

Runners Up: Coffee Space Ltd, London; Pyramid Organic, Somerset and The Little Taqueria, Bristol.

Event Innovation of the Year Award

Winner: Controlled Events, London ? the judges said: "innovative solutions to the age old problem of communications at events?.

Runners Up: Scottish Chamber Orchestra, The Pop Up Hotel, Mere.

Event of the Year Award

Winner: Clacton Airshow ? the judges said: "To be commended that the public sector is supporting events and this one is free to the public.? They also praised the way the organisers dealt with the new rules and regulations following the Shoreham Air Show tragedy in 2015.

City of Lincoln Council ? Lincoln Christmas Market; Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Lee Denny ? LeeFest

Event Organiser of the Year Award

Winner: Goose Live Events, Surrey ? the judges said: "Demonstration of excellence within a specific sector of the industry?.

Runners Up: Continental Drifts Ltd, London, James Dean Events Ltd, Derbyshire.

Event Supplier of the Year

Winner: Wernick Events, Walsall ? "The judges said: "Consistently high standard for a long period of time ? provides a huge amount of support to the event industry?

Gallowglass Health & Safety LLP, London; PKL Group (UK) Ltd, Cheltenham; Vaspasian Security Ltd, Portsmouth.

Event Team of the Year Award

Winner: Lee Denny ? LeeFest ? the judges said: "Really tight enthusiastic young team working well together creatively without large resources to create great events,?

City & County of Swansea, Lee Denny ? LeeFest, Kent; Loos for Dos, Hampshire; Relevent Ltd, Hertfordshire.

Large Festival of the Year Award

Winner: Glasgow Summer Sessions ? the judges said: "A big festival within a city working hard to deliver with the council.?

Runners Up: Coventry City Council, Green Man, Powys; Port Eliot Festival

Medical Provider of the Year Award

Winner: Festimed, Birmingham ? the judges praised "Their after care facilities for festival-goers and noticed that their application was backed up with detailed statistics?.

ABC Paramedic Services, Edinburgh. Festimed, Birmingham

PR Campaign of the Year

Winner ? Wildlife Adventure Camp, Kent ? the judges said: "very creative and worked hard to get coverage?.

Runners up: Samphire Festival in Somerset, The Tour of Britain.

Production Partnership Year Award

Winner: Consortium Attractions, York with Star Events ? the judges said "their ability to marry venues and cities together made for a unique offer?

Runners Up: Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council with Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council; City of Lincoln Council ? Lincoln Christmas Market and partners. 

Small Event of the Year

Winner: SohoCreate, London ? the judges said: "it was an excellent community event staged in a unique setting?

Runners Up: Glastonbury Abbey, Whirl-Y-Gig London

Small Festival of the Year

Winner: Samphire Festival ? the judges said "this event was crowd funded and held for the first time this year; it really understood its market?

Runners Up: Lechlade Festival, Strawberries and Creem Festival, Cambridge, Vicars Picnic, Maidstone.
 
Sporting Event of the Year Award

Winner: Tour of Britain ? the judges said: "Iconic sporting event in the UK and a big part of the UK summer season.?

Runners Up: Silverstone Classic, organised by Goose Live Events,  Robert Gordon University.

Student Event of the Year

Winner: Robert Gordon University Student Group for their Bear Grylls sporting event. ? the judges said: "It was a great concept?.

Runner Up: Robert Gordon University

The NOEA Scotland Tribute Award

Winner: Virgin Money Fireworks Concert (Scottish Chamber Orchestra), ? the judges said: "simply outstanding?

Glamis Proms (PDF Productions), Royal Highland Show ? Royal Highland Society. Glasgow Summer Sessions
 
 
 






The founding father of outdoor festivals, Michael Eavis, is to receive a special award from the National Outdoor Events Association this month.

Mr Eavis, who celebrates his 81st birthday this week, is an inspiration to all involved in outdoor events says NOEA’s president Richard Limb.

"Over 40 years Michael has demonstrated innovation and constantly ensured Glastonbury Festival is a world leader for outdoor events,” said Richard.

"The Festival has put not just a Somerset farm on the map but the county, region, if not the UK, as it is known around the globe. Glastonbury Festival is an inspiration for all those wanting to organise outdoor events.

"It is only right that NOEA, as the UK’s leading outdoor events trade association, recognises this achievement.”

Mr Eavis will be presented with the award at NOEA’s awards dinner being held in Bath on November 24 where guest speaker will be Wells MP James Heappey, who is chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group for events.

This year saw a record entry across all categories with events and suppliers from across the country shortlisted.

To buy tickets for the awards visit www.noea.org.uk





NOEA NAME GL EVENTS AS FIRST FUTURES SPONSOR

 

GL events will be the first company to become a NOEA Futures Supporter following an announced today at The Showman’s Show. The agreement will see GL events take an active role in the progression and strategy for the National Outdoor Events Association (NOEA), with the ambition of growing its influence for the industry, and providing the very best value to its members.

 

The NOEA Futures sponsorship was launched earlier in the summer with the aim of harnessing the reach, expertise and proactivity of some of the leading brands within the outdoor events industry. GL events is the first to become a supporter, with the association looking to encourage other forward thinking brands to get involved.

 

"Obtaining the NOEA kite mark, is one of the key reasons members join our association. It’s a mark of excellence and confidence for event professionals,” commented Richard Limb, President NOEA. "However we wanted to give companies the opportunity to take a more proactive stance to their relationship with our association to help us increase our reach and influence and in-so-doing benefit the strength of the industry.”

 

"We’ve been members of NOEA for a long time and have seen the association flourish into where it is today,” comments Scott Jameson, Managing Director, GL events. "At the moment this industry needs as much support as possible, and forward thinking brands to help it grow and commercialise. Being the first NOEA Futures Supporter, means we can utilise our own resources to benefit the industry.”

 

The announcement will take place at the Showman’s Show where GL events will also be partnering with the Thorns Group to showcase its temporary structure product, and how well it works to empower premium delivery partners to create the very best event settings within its structures.

 

Join us on stand 168 at The Showman’s Show to find out more.  

 

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Look out for us at The Showman’s Show where we’re working with the Thorns Group to demonstrate the quality of events that can be built when great structures meet premium class interiors.

 

We’ve worked with Thorns throughout the year, so it made sense to partner with them again as we celebrate the very best of the industry at The Showman’s Show. Look out for us at Stand 168; have a great show!

 

 

 

 

 





Chair of APPG for events set to speak at Showman's Show 2016

 
With the Showman's Show, held at Newbury Showground from 19th ' 20th October, now just over a week away, organiser Lance Show & Publications Limited and the National Outdoor Event Association (NOEA) announced today that James Heappey, Conservative MP for Wells and chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for events will be attending this year's Show on Thursday 20th October.
 
NOEA has been instrumental in facilitating James' visit to the Showman's Show 2016. Keen to meet more businesses and learn more about the industry he passionately represents, the visit to the Show will include a meet and greet session with members of the organising team, a press call, tour of exhibition stands and participation in a Campfire Session entitled 'How will Brexit affect the event industry'.
"The outdoor sector of the industry is one which I have a particular passion for, it represents some of the highlights of the UK events industry from a music, sporting and cultural perspective,' comments Heappey. "I'm looking forward to seeing even more of the businesses that make these events happen and bring them to life.'
 
The Brexit session will take a detailed look at how the UK's exit from the European Union will impact the event industry; from the drop in the value of the pound and the impending changes to a labour market that is heavily reliant on immigration, to a reluctance to invest in events and the possible changes to international tourism. Chaired by Alistair Turner of EIGHT PR & Marketing and President of the International Live Events Association, UK Chapter, additional panellists include: Chris Martelly, Showforce; James Anderson, Arena Group .
 
Commenting on James' visit to the Showman's Show, organiser Johnny Lance said: "It is great to have someone within government actively championing the outdoor event industry and recognising the role of the Showman's Show. We will ensure James receives an extremely warm welcome and gets the most out of the experience. To have him participate in the inaugural Campfire Sessions is a real coup and we're really looking forward to the talk on Brexit.'
 
During the Show, NOEA representatives will also be holding talks with Heappey, on the association's forthcoming conference and awards (24th November), where he will also talk on the subject of Commercialisation.
 
"We've got to know James really well and are delighted with his passion and commitment to every sector of the UK events industry,' commented Richard Limb, President of the NOEA. "The Showman's Show is a brilliant forum to see this industry at its very best; the outdoor sector is one James knows well so it should be a really positive occasion.'
 
Elected as Conservative MP for Wells in May 2015, James became Chairman of the APPG for events in October of that year. Before entering politics, James served in the British Army for ten years reaching the rank of Major. James also sits on the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee and
is a committed campaigner for the rural economy, both of which have synergy with the outdoor event industry.




The shortlist for the prestigious National Outdoor Events Association Awards 2016 has been announced.

 

 

The shortlist for the prestigious National Outdoor Events Association Awards 2016 has been announced.

 

The 13thannual Convention and Awards Dinner will be held in Bath on November 24 and Susan Tanner, NOEA?s chief executive, said: "This year was a record entry across all categories for the awards and the judges had a hard job to whittle down to the three or four shortlisted today.?

 

Alistair Turner, head judge and managing director of Eight PR & Marketing, said: "The quality of entries continues to improve, and we?ve seen some amazing events and some outstanding businesses. Its never been harder to win a NOEA award, its fiercely competitive and those that make the shortlist have clearly done exceptional work to gain this level of recognition. We wish them all the very best of luck come 24th November.

 

Joining Alistair on the judging panel were Andy McNicholl. City Events Manager for Liverpool Council, Gill Tee who is founder and Managing Director of entertee and Director of entertee Hire and Marino Fresch, Head of Marketing UK and Ireland for Eventbrite.

 

NOEA is the UK?s leading outdoor events trade association fights the events industry?s corner with campaigns ranging from tackling police costs to calling for a ban on Chinese lanterns due to the danger to life, livestock and land.

 

To buy tickets for the convention and the awards visit www.noea.org.uk

 

Further information Contact Susan Tanner  susan@noea.org.uk 01749 674531

 

Best Practice Award

 

RG Jones, from London, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, The Fair, London

 

Caterer of the Year Award

 

Coffee Space Ltd, London; Pubs on Wheels, Winchester; Pyramid Organic, Somerset and The Little Taqueria, Bristol.

 

Event Innovation of the Year Award

 

Controlled Events, London, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, The Pop Up Hotel, Mere.

 

Event of the Year Award

 

City of Lincoln Council ? Lincoln Christmas Market; Clacton Airshow, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Lee Denny ? LeeFest

 

Event Organiser of the Year Award

 

Continental Drifts Ltd, London, Goose Live Events, Surrey; James Dean Events Ltd, Derbyshire.

 

Event Supplier of the Year

 

Gallowglass Health & Safety LLP, London; PKL Group (UK) Ltd, Cheltenham; Wernick Events,  Walsall; Vaspasian Security Ltd, Portsmouth.

 

Event Team of the Year Award

 

City & County of Swansea, Lee Denny ? LeeFest, Kent; Loos for Dos, Hampshire; Relevent Ltd, Hertfordshire.

 

Large Festival of the Year Award

 

Coventry City Council, Glasgow Summer Sessions, Green Man, Powys; Port Eliot Festival

 

Medical Provider of the Year Award

 

ABC Paramedic Services, Edinburgh. Festimed, Birmingham

 

PR Campaign of the Year

 

Samphire Festival in Somerset, The Tour of Britain, Wildfire Adventure Camp, Kent.

 

Production Partnership Year Award

 

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council with Basingstoke Live Forum

 

City of Lincoln Council ? Lincoln Christmas Market and partners

 

Continuum Attractions, York with Star Events

 

Small Event of the Year

 

Glastonbury Abbey, SohoCreate, London, Whirl-Y-Gig London

 

Small Festival of the Year

 

Lechlade Festival, Samphire Festival, Strawberries and Creem Festival, Cambridge, Vicars Picnic, Maidstone.

 

Sporting Event of the Year Award

 

Silverstone Classic, organised by Goose Live Events, The Tour of Britain, Robert Gordon University.

 

Student Event of the Year

 

Robert Gordon University- for Down By The River Outdoor Cinema

 

Robert Gordon University Student Group for Survive the Wild

 

Royal Highland Centre for student Sarah M

 

The NOEA Scotland Tribute Award

 

Virgin Money Fireworks Concert (Scottish Chamber Orchestra), Glamis Proms (PDF Productions), Royal Highland Show ? Royal Highland Society, Glasgow Summer Sessions (DF Concerts)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





Operation Gothic

We’ve been working with Inspector Dan Forster from Avon and Somerset who is completing a paper in relation to the following. 

 

industry-wide survey in respect of safeguarding/drugs at events. This has come about following some concerns around 16/17 year olds being found in possession of, or becoming ill through drugs at festivals. It raises some moral and legal dilemmas that I am currently exploring, and will present findings/recommendations to the South West Regional Command seminar in December

 

To Help with this piece of work please we take the time to look at Dan’s Survey

 

https://surveynuts.com/surveys/take?id=103246&c=1525562913DVNT

 

  




Why Commercialisation Matters to the Outdoor Events Industry #makeeventspay

Since launching the title and ambitions for the forthcoming NOEA Conference & Awards event (Bath Pump Rooms and Guildhall  24th November), the response from the industry has been overwhelming.

#makeeventspay  www.noea.org.uk In typical NOEA tradition we’re holding back the announcement of our keynote, however tickets are selling fast and we’re keen that this conference ignites a debate in the industry that creates genuine change. We encourage you to book your tickets as soon as possible to be part of an industry changing event. All of these discussions will be supplemented with outstanding central speakers including John Turner, CEO, Visit Somerset, Kay Wozniak, T/A  Chief Constable  Avon and Somerset Police , Kevin Jackson, Director of Ideas & Innovation at The Experience is the Marketing, and many more. Paul Scaith, Founder of Event Wine Solutions, will be moderating a panel on how better margins and profitability can be made through relationships with food and beverage providers; a crucial part of making money out of events. Bob Fox from NCASS will join this panel of experts in the procurement and sale of food and drink. We’re also looking at other areas where money can be saved and made; Marino Fresch from Eventbrite, Jamie Vaughn from Eventbase and Scott Hope from AR Experiential will all be talking about the growing role of technology in the commercial journey of an event. We’re therefore delighted to announce that Paul Bedford, Non-Executive Chairman, Edition Capital, will be talking about how he works with the industry to financially improve and protect it. We have Lee Denny from Leefest who will talk on Crowd Funding, and Chris McCormick, from the Blue Peg sponsorship consultancy; all as part of a central panel discussion on gaining investment.It was out of this feedback that ‘Project Commercialisation: How to Make More Money Out of Events’ was born. The aim not just to create bigger profits for the industries, but create a discussion on how commercial we are as an industry and how we can improve in these areas. We’re delighted with the response, both from members, but also from a growing number of elite speakers that will address the conference on this subject. Following last years’ conference, the association spent a lot of time with members to understand the issues that most matter to them. Overwhelmingly these split into two areas; firstly, the lack of commercial stability that both their events and their businesses were feeling. This is an industry where the uncontrollable can cut deep into the profits and viability of businesses overnight. Secondly was the concern over unprofessional or unethical businesses entering the industry and causing untold harm; given the first concern, this was an area of real passion amongst our members. 




New Exclusive Research Reveals UK Festival Market Driven By “Super Fans”

New Exclusive Research Reveals UK Festival Market Driven By
"Super Fans”
● A quarter of music festival goers spend more on tickets than all other attendees
combined
● "Super Fans” go to four festivals a year and spend £45 more per ticket than
casual festival goers
● Attendances remain strong overall with 88% of all respondents planning to attend
the same number or more festivals this year
London, 8th August, 2016 — Eventbrite , the world’s largest event technology platform which
powers two million events around the globe each year, has released new research revealing a
UK music festival market driven by "Super Fans”.
Of the UK festival goers surveyed, one out of every four the
Super Fan spends
more on
tickets in a year than the other three combined. Comprising just 28% of attendees, they
collectively account for 56% of total ticket spend. They attend more festivals than others, spend
more on individual tickets and act as tastemakers to their friends.
Despite reports of increasing festival closures, the survey also found that appetite for music
festivals is holding strong: the overwhelming majority (88%) of all respondents said they’d
attend at least the same number of festivals over the coming 12 months with
over half (53%) of
these saying they’d go to more.
Key Findings Include:
Super Fans Spend £581 Annually on Tickets and Drive the Market
Spending more than all other festival goers combined, Super Fans attend an average of four
festivals a year at £149 per ticket. Casual festival goers, who account for 38% of attendees,
spend £45 less per ticket, forking out only £104 on just one festival a year.
43% of Super Fans attended more festivals in the past 12 months than the year before, and
53% plan to attend even more this season, helping drive the music festivals market.
They Are Loyal and Act as Tastemakers
Super Fans have attended their favourite festival three times already and 54% would be willing
to go alone if need be. Perhaps unsurprisingly, their top festivals are (in order): Glastonbury, V
Festival, T in the Park, Reading/Leeds and Download. They act as tastemakers to their peers,
with 55% saying their friends count on them to keep informed.
They’re Drawn by the Headliners and Like to Own Music
32% cite " The headlining artists” as the #1 reason they go to a music festival, twice as many as
the next most popular response " My friends are going” (16%). They still like owning music, with
61% having bought a CD or vinyl in the past year and 79% a digital download. Their favourite
genres are alternative/modern rock (59%), classic rock (43%) and dance (41%).
While They Aren’t Short of a Penny, Half Think Festivals Are Too Corporate
The average UK festival Super Fan is 32 years old, with an income of £45,000+ and skews
male (59% vs. 41% female). 68% get a sense of community from attending music festivals and
nearly half (46%) think they are too corporate.
Super Fans Are More Active on Social Media
They are also the most active on social media, with 77% posting at the event. Super Fans are
23% more likely to use Snapchat, 63% more likely to tweet and 70% more likely to use
Instagram than casual festival goers.
Said Marino Fresch, Eventbrite Head of Marketing, UK & Ireland " UK festivals have flourished to
the point of saturation, so it’s never been more important for promoters to know their customers.
Our research indicates that a group of loyal Super Fans drive revenues, attendances and power
the market. Festival promoters would do well to nurture the Super Fans of tomorrow.”
" The research illustrated just how much passion attendees have for their events, for seeing their
favorite artists, or for discovering new artists”, added Russ Crupnick, Managing Partner,
MusicWatch, " and that passion extends to the sense of community that only a festival can
provide.”
Eventbrite partnered with independent research firm MusicWatch to survey 504 UKbased
1849
year olds who attended at least one UK music festival in the 12 months to the end of May.
To view the full research and learn more about festival Super Fans, please visit
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/blog/festivalsuperfans.
Eventbrite has processed tens of millions of tickets to hundreds of thousands of music events.
It is the ticketing partner of choice for Ministry of Sound, BoomTown Fair, WOMAD, Outlook
festival and Dimensions festival, among others.
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Notes to Editors:
The margin of error for the survey is 3% which is a measurement of the estimated difference in
results had the entire population been sampled.
About Eventbrite:
Eventbrite is the leading global event technology platform. The company has processed over $5
billion in gross ticket sales since inception and powers more than 2 million events around the
world each year. Built with a focus on reliability and scale, the platform serves hundreds of
thousands of event organisers, in the UK these include Boomtown, Showmasters, Telegraph
Events, The Guardian, WOMAD music festival and many more. Organisers use Eventbrite to
help boost ticket sales, promote and manage events, and analyse results across multiple sales
channels: web, mobile, pointofsale,
and a growing distribution platform. Tens of millions of
consumers also use Eventbrite every year to discover a variety of live experiences and get
tickets on a safe, easytouse
platform from
photography classes and obstacle runs to large
concerts and festivals with tens of thousands of people. Founded in 2006 and headquartered in
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Futures Sponsorship Package launched

The National Outdoor Events Association is giving businesses the chance to be part of its future.

It has launched a new Futures Sponsorship Package to give long-standing supporters the chance to have a closer partnership and play a more proactive role in the quality, performance and growth of the industry.

NOEA is the UK’s leading outdoor events trade association and its aim is to drive best practice and to promote secure, commercial and growing businesses.

Susan Tanner, NOEA’s chief executive, said: "The Future Sponsorship Package is part of a wider strategy to be unveiled at our conference in November in Bath as we are keen to widen the involvement of people in the events industry in the future of the industry.”

The theme and content for this year’s conference will be all about commercialisation with the hashtag #makeeventspay

Called Project Commercialisation: How to Make More Money from Outdoor Events, each session aims to either help delegates to save £1,000 or make £1,000.

Susan said: "We have a number of high profile keynote speeches as well as interactive sessions covering financing an event and event technology. We will also be looking at how risks are addressed through policing and security.”

James Heappey MP, chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Events, is among those attending with the full line-up due to be announced in the autumn.

The new Futures Package is for a commitment of three years and includes links to the organisation’s prestigious awards with sponsorship of a category, attendance at the awards dinner, information on the website, speaking at the conference and much more.

The 13th annual Convention and Awards Dinner will be held in Bath on November 24 and judges for this year are Alastair Turner, managing director of Eight PR & Marketing; Andy McNicholl. City Events Manager for Liverpool Council;  Gill Tee who is founder and Managing Director of entertee and Director of entertee Hire; Marino Fresh, Head of Marketing UK and Ireland for Eventbrite.

There are 17 categories including Event Innovation of the Year, Event Organiser of the Year, Event Supplier of the Year, Sporting Event of the Year, Small Festival of the Year, Large Festival of the Year, Caterer of the Year, Sponsorship Campaign of the Year and Student Event of the Year.

Entries close September 12 -  to enter visit www.noea.org.uk – the event also has a range of sponsorship packages available – for more information please contactsusan@noea.org.uk  




Judges for NOEA Awards Announced

Last year winners of the free-to-enter awards came from across the UK with Celebrate Aberdeen picking up the NOEA Scotland Award; the Midsomerset Show in Shepton Mallet, Somerset, scooping Event Team of the Year and the City of Lincoln Christmas Market taking two of the honours with Event Organiser of the Year Award and Event of the Year.

The 13th annual Convention and Awards Dinner will be held in Bath on November 24 and Susan Tanner, NOEA’s chief executive, said: "We are returning to the city as it proved to be a great location for 2015 and we will once again be here for opening day of Bath Christmas Market, itself a fabulous outdoor event.”

The UK’s leading outdoor events trade association fights the events industry’s corner with campaigns ranging from tackling police costs to calling for a ban on Chinese lanterns due to the danger to life, livestock and land.

Judges for this year’s awards are Alastair Turner, managing director of Eight PR & Marketing which works closely with Business Visits & Events Partnership, the UK government and is also secretariat of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Events.

Andy McNicholl. City Events Manager for Liverpool Council whose highlights include the Capital of Culture Opening Ceremony and Liverpool’s 800thBirthday fireworks;  Gill Tee who is founder and Managing Director of entertee and Director of entertee Hire. As Head of Entertainment for Capital Radio she was responsible for bringing the first 100,000 capacity Party in the Park to Hyde Park.

Marino Fresh, Head of Marketing UK and Ireland for Eventbrite, completes the line-up. Marino worked with a range of leading brands including eBay, Expedia, Eurostar, Ryanair, John Lewis and BMW before joining Eventbrite.

Susan said: "We are delighted to have such experts in their fields taking time out to judge the entries; last year we had exceptional numbers demonstrating really high  standards which was wonderful and we are hoping for more of the same this year.”

There are 17 categories including Event Innovation of the Year, Event Organiser of the Year, Event Supplier of the Year, Sporting Event of the Year, Small Festival of the Year, Large Festival of the Year, Caterer of the Year, Sponsorship Campaign of the Year and Student Event of the Year.

Entries close September 12 -  to enter visit www.noea.org.uk – the event also has a range of sponsorship packages available – for more information please contact susan@noea.org.uk

 

  




Be an Award Sponsor

NOEA's AGM and Convention Day will be held on Thursday 24th November in Bath, The theme and content for this year’s National Outdoor Events Association Conference will be all about commercialisation with the hashtag #makeeventspay.

 

The association is curating the content with the brief that every session will either save £1,000 or make £1,000 for every delegate! The conference, ‘Project Commercialisation: How to Make More Money from Outdoor Events’, will include a number of high profile keynote speeches, as well as interactive sessions covering financing an event, making money out of F&B, and event technology. There will also be sessions that address risks to events through policing and security and how event professionals can financially manage these issues.

 

NOEA has already confirmed the high profile attendance of James Heappey MP, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Events, and the line-up will include other high profile opportunities from both within and outside of the industry.

 

The Presidents' Reception will be held in the splendour of the Roman Baths with its flaming torches as a spectacular backdrop. The Awards Presentations & Dinner will be held in the elegant Pump Room followed by the after party in the acclaimed Après Ski Bar at The Abbey Hotel

Sponsorship is available for individual awards or to enter the awards please visit www.noea.org.uk and complete your nomination online. Entries by 12th September 2016, judged by independent judges from the world of outdoor events.

To apply for sponsorship of the awards, or for delegate places at the Awards Ceremony click here

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NOEA Annual Convention Day

The theme and content for this year’s National Outdoor Events Association Convention will be all about commercialisation with the hashtag #makeeventspay.

 

The association is curating the content with the brief that every session will either save really!! £1,000 or make £1,000 for every delegate! The conference, ‘Project Commercialisation: How to Make More Money from Outdoor Events’, will include a number of high profile keynote speeches, as well as interactive sessions covering financing an event, making money out of F&B, and event technology. There will also be sessions that address risks to events through policing and security and how event professionals can financially manage these issues.

 

NOEA has already confirmed the high profile attendance of James Heappey MP, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Events, and the line-up will include other high profile speakers from both within and outside of the industry.

 

The line-up for the convention will be announced in the autumn but content will include sessions on  crowd funding and venture capitalist companies. There will also be experts in sponsorship and marketing events as part of a series of interactive sessions that that will offer advice and case study examples of how to generate revenue and increase the financial security of events.

 

Industry  speakers will eexplore the opportunities to make more money from food and beverage outlets, and the changing consumer habits that are creating more revenue for outdoor events. Equally, the conference will address event technology, and how to offer the very best technology at events, as well as ways in which these technologies can be produced either at a cost neutral or revenue generating basis.

 

The convention will take place at the Guildhall in Bath on the 24th November during the day, with the NOEA Awards taking place later in the evening at The Roman Baths and Pump Rooms. Tickets to both are on sale …   go to www.noea.org or for sponsorship opportunities Contact Alex Radzio or Susan Tanner on 01749 674531

  




Heappey to Address Outdoor Events Industry at NOEA Awards & Convention

James Heappey, MP,Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for the Events industry, will speak at this year’s National Outdoor Events Association (NOEA) Industry Awards and Convention, taking place 24 November 16.

 

The annual Convention and Awards will return to the Roman Baths and Pump rooms, Bath for a second year and will be themed ‘Commercialisation Project: How to Make More Money out of Outdoor Events’. Mr Heappey will address delegates at the awards on his own personal thoughts on the subject.

 

The NOEA Convention will take place during the day and will include speakers with backgrounds from event technology, investment, sponsorship and marketing. The convention is promising every session will both save money and make money for event organisers and suppliers, with over 20 speakers in multiple break out sessions. In the evening the NOEA Awards will be presented to those businesses that have demonstrated success in these areas over the past 12 months.

 

"One of the biggest areas of concern for the outdoor sector of the UK events industry is how to create commercial and long term sustainable events. Every day outdoor events face risk in areas from the elements, secondary ticketing, and red tape to safety and security,” commented James Heappey. "This is an exciting theme and I’m looking forward to hearing the views of speaking to the many event organisers that will attend the awards later in the evening.”

 

"James’s own interest in the events industry comes from his personal passion for some of the great events that take place across the nation and specifically in the South West of England,” commented Richard Limb, President of the National Outdoor Events Association. "This years Convention and Awards is taking a new direction with a subject that we know is top of mind with our members; the speaker line up is already looking exceptional and I’m excited about the big differences we can make in the day to day lives of attendees to both the day and the evening.”

 

A notable keynote address for the Convention will also be announced later in the summer. For more information on the  convention or to book tickets, please go to http://www.noea.org.uk/annual-convention.asp

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NOEA Award Winners 2015

 

The 17 winners of the prestigious National Outdoor Events Association awards received their glass trophies at a glittering ceremony in Bath.

The association, which aims to educate, advise and enhance professionalism and business opportunities within the sector and has more than 400 members nationwide, was also celebrating 35 years.

And its surviving founders Jeff Brownhut, Alan Goldsmith and Ted Cody all received Lifetime Achievement Awards from President Richard Limb.

Michael Bell, a NOEA member from Kingdom Connections Ltd,  joined household names Lord Sebastian Coe, Harvey Goldsmith and Michael Eavis as a recipient of the President’s Award.

Winners came from across the UK with Celebrate Aberdeen picking up the NOEA Scotland Award to the delight of the deputy Lord Provost Councillor John Reynolds; the Midsomerset Show in Shepton Mallet, Somerset,  scooping Event Team of the Year and the City of Lincoln Christmas Market taking two of the honours with Event Organiser of the Year Award and Event of the Year.

Mr Limb told guests at the ceremony held at the city’s Pump Rooms: "It’s a long time since I remember being 35 but at 35 you are quite mature, you are no longer juvenile and you have lots of energy, enthusiasm and get up and go; that’s the stage NOEA has reached.

"I am immensely proud to be president and I am delighted so many are here to join us to celebrate our 35th birthday. "

Compere for the night was Paul Hooper, Secretary for the Royal Bath and West of England Society, who said: "Without organisations like NOEA there would not be outdoor events and places for people to go and enjoy in their spare time. NOEA works with others to make sure events are safe and enjoyable.”

Head judge was Alistair Turner, formerly PR director of Davies Tanner, which promotes the Britain for Events campaign, who has founded his own business, Eight PR & Marketing.

He said to be a finalist was an achievement in the NOEA awards with the standard of entries getting higher and higher.

Carl Hagemann, from professional body IOSH which was on one of the night sponsors, said: "We are using health safety as an enabler to allow events to take place; it is a vehicle to make things happen rather than not happen. We recognise the importance of health and safety within the events industry.”

 

The awards categories and winners are:

Event Innovation of the Year Award sponsored by 2CL Communications– awarded for the provision of a new product, service or concept that will help the industry to solve problems and go forward safely and profitably. Winner:Heart Productions. The judges said: "An innovative and creative event concept, right for the event and the brand. An innovative company.”

Small Event of the Year Award sponsored by HLF – recognising the good work done by event organisers staging smaller events with audience attendance of under 2,000 with a local community focus. Winner:Dadfest. The judges said: "This is an event that understands it community and speaks to it. It has a clear vision, is innovative in doing so and reflects part of its society in its representation. How you can go wrong with Dad dancing?”

Production Partnership of the Year Award – recognising those who have demonstrated excellence in partnership working in the delivery of an exceptional event.  Winner:Rushcliffe Borough Council and NHS Rushcliffe CCG. The judges said: "This partnership looked at the obesity issue affecting the community and worked together to stage an event that educates and engages.

A health experience for lots of people and money well spent give the long term affects this could place on the NHS.”

Best Practice Award – Event Safety Award sponsored by IOSH – awarded to the best overall promoter or event organiser who fulfil criteria for managing well organised safe events through their professionalism. To recognise long service or overcoming a particular challenge in an innovative way. Or it may reflect published works or effective training, coaching and leadership of others. Winner: City and County of Swansea

Event Organiser of the Year Awardsponsored by Capita – open to individuals, companies and local authorities that provide first-class facilities and visitor satisfaction at their events. Winner: City of Lincoln Christmas Market.  The judges said: "This was a really strong category, this event presents difficulties in managing logistics and the volume of people but the organisers get it right.

The organisers want the visitors to have a wonderful Christmas experience and this is an event that has sustained and grown. Leading Christmas market in the Country.”

Event of the Year Award– recognises an event which has achieved the highest level of excellence or has made a major contribution to the professionalism of the industry. Winner: City of Lincoln Christmas Market. The judges said: "This event represents the best of what the Industry can do - a tightly run well organised and well attended event.”

Event Supplier of the Year Award sponsored by Access All Areas – open to individuals and companies that supply first-class products/equipment/entertainment to those within the events industry. Winner: 2CL Communications.  The judges said: "Great quality of entry form as well as a great supplier. Good at what they do.”

Technological Innovation sponsored by Capita – awarded for the provision of a new product, service or concept that will help the industry to solve problems and go forward safely and profitably

Winner: Loowatt. The judges said: "Thinking out loud of the port aloo box, in an area often overlooked this is one that is vital for the event’s organiser and general public. Innovative company.”

Sporting Event of the Year Award sponsored by GL Events UK – open to any event involving a sporting activity, whether it is a participating or spectator event.  Winner: The Ryder Cup.

Small Festival of the Year Award sponsored by Event Wine Solutions – for any event that attracts fewer than 5,000 attendees. Winner: Larmer Tree Festival.  The judges said: "Classic small festival feel, epitomises the award category and what it stands for, reeks of locality and gets it right. Great festival.”

Large Festival of the Year Award – for any festival that attracts 5,000 attendees or more. Winner: Wild Rumpus. The judges said: "The organiser has a genuine care for their own event, and their passion is evident. The judges were excited about where this event is going and the festival has a great future.”

Caterer of the Year Award sponsored by NCASS – for any in-house or external caterers of any size or type. Winner: Jabberwocky. The judges said: "All produced amazing food, and the judges recognise that this part of the industry has changed dramatically, Jabberwocky bring something new to event catering and really deliver this.”

The NOEA Scotland Tribute Award – gives recognition to those events that have achieved the highest level of excellence or have made a major contribution to the professionalism of the industry in Scotland. Winner:Celebrate Aberdeen. The judges said: "Good event and the judges commend the City of Aberdeen for putting it on - great partnership between the City Council events team and volunteers from Celebrate Aberdeen.”

Student Event of the Year Award sponsored by Eventbrite – for any outdoor event organised by students, either individually or as a group/team. Winner: Robert Gordon University. The judges said: "Creative, innovative & successful event - great experience for the students involved, who managed to run a media campaign next to the event too.”

Medical Provider of the Year Award sponsored by Capita – for any type of medical provider that has excelled at an outdoor event. Winner: M&S Ambulance. The judges said: "Satisfied clients which is evident through the testimonials submitted, volume and scale of events produced is impressive.”

Event Team of the Year Award – For the best proactive and effective event team working on an outdoor event. Winner: Mid Somerset Show. The judges said: "The team has a great ethic and the commitment from the volunteers allows them to stage this event without them it wouldn't be possible.”

President’s Award:Michael Bell; Judges Award: The Commonwealth Games 2014

Lifetime Achievement Awards: Tod Cody, Jeff Brownhut and Alan Goldsmith

 




Shortlist announced for NOEA Awards 2015

 

The prestigious National Outdoor Events Association award shortlist for 2015 has been announced with event organisers the length and breadth of Britain recognised.

The finalists will find out if they are winners on November 26 when the award ceremony takes place at the elegant Pump Room in Bath.

Susan Tanner, NOEA chief executive, said: "The awards are now in their 12th year and the standard is getting higher and higher; the judges had a really tough job.

"To be recognised as a finalist is a worthwhile achievement in itself as these awards are truly celebrating excellence and the organisations announced today really are the best of the best.”

Among those hoping to win will be the teams behind City of Lincoln Christmas Market and Swansea’s Waterfront Winterland, which are both shortlisted for Event of the Year.

The South West’s Larmer Tree Festival is in the running alongside London’s SohoCreate for Small Festival of the Year, while Wild Rumpus, organiser of the Just So Festival in Cheshire, and Lambeth Country Show go head to head in the Large Festival of the Year category.

Across 15 categories, the awards will be celebrating all aspects of the events industry, including events of all sizes, caterers, suppliers, medical providers, industry innovations and more.

Head judge is Alistair Turner, formerly PR director of Davies Tanner, which promotes the Britain for Events campaign, who has founded his own business, Eight PR & Marketing.

Last year’s winners included Capita PLC in Birmingham for Best Practice, Another World Productions in Bristol as Best Event Organiser for the city’s St Paul’s Carnival and Lambeth Country Show for Friendly Event of the Year.

The NOEA is the UK’s leading outdoor events trade association and fights the events industry’s corner with campaigns ranging from tackling police costs to calling for a ban on Chinese lanterns due to the danger to life, livestock and land.

The association aims to educate, advise and enhance professionalism and business opportunities within the sector and has more than 400 members.

The awards categories and shortlist are:

Event Innovation of the Year Award – awarded for the provision of a new product, service or concept that will help the industry to solve problems and go forward safely and profitably. Shortlisted: YouNG Network Group and Heart Productions.

Small Event of the Year Award – recognising the good work done by event organisers staging smaller events with audience attendance of under 2,000 with a local community focus. Shortlisted: Kehelland Trust and Dadfest.

Production Partnership of the Year Award – recognising those who have demonstrated excellence in partnership working in the delivery of an exceptional event.  Shortlisted:Rushcliffe Borough Council and NHS Rushcliffe CCG; Lambeth Country Show and The Whole Nine Yards.

Best Practice Award – Event Safety Award – awarded to the best overall promoter or event organiser who fulfil criteria for managing well organised safe events through their professionalism. To recognise long service or overcoming a particular challenge in an innovative way. Or it may reflect published works or effective training, coaching and leadership of others. Shortlisted:Larmer Tree Festival and City and County of Swansea

Event Organiser of the Year Award – open to individuals, companies and local authorities that provide first-class facilities and visitor satisfaction at their events. Shortlisted: Wild Rumpus and City of Lincoln Christmas Market.

Event of the Year Award– recognises an event which has achieved the highest level of excellence or has made a major contribution to the professionalism of the industry. Shortlisted: City of Lincoln Christmas Market and Waterfront Winterland in Swansea.

Event Supplier of the Year Award – open to individuals and companies that supply first-class products/equipment/entertainment to those within the events industry. Shortlisted: GL Events, 2CL Communications and G4S.

Sporting Event of the Year Award – open to any event involving a sporting activity, whether it is a participating or spectator event.  Shortlisted: Dragon Boat Events and Ryder Cup.

Small Festival of the Year Award – for any event that attracts fewer than 5,000 attendees. Shortlisted: SohoCreate and Larmer Tree Festival.

Large Festival of the Year Award – for any festival that attracts 5,000 attendees or more. Shortlisted: Wild Rumpus and Lambeth Country Show.

Caterer of the Year Award– for any in-house or external caterers of any size or type. Shortlisted: Les Deux Amies, Jabberwocky and Creativevents.

The NOEA Scotland Tribute Award – gives recognition to those events that have achieved the highest level of excellence or have made a major contribution to the professionalism of the industry in Scotland. Shortlisted: Cowal Highland Gathering, Celebrate Aberdeen and Edinburgh Mela.

Student Event of the Year Award – for any outdoor event organised by students, either individually or as a group/team. Shortlisted:Robert Gordon University and YouNG Network Group.

Medical Provider of the Year Award – for any type of medical provider that has excelled at an outdoor event. Shortlisted: Met Medical and M&S Ambulance.

Event Team of the Year Award – For the best proactive and effective event team working on an outdoor event. Shortlisted: Civi Events and Mid Somerset Show.

 

 




Shortlist announced for NOEA Awards 2015

 

The prestigious National Outdoor Events Association award shortlist for 2015 has been announced with event organisers the length and breadth of Britain recognised.

The finalists will find out if they are winners on November 26 when the award ceremony takes place at the elegant Pump Room in Bath.

Susan Tanner, NOEA chief executive, said: "The awards are now in their 12th year and the standard is getting higher and higher; the judges had a really tough job.

"To be recognised as a finalist is a worthwhile achievement in itself as these awards are truly celebrating excellence and the organisations announced today really are the best of the best.”

Among those hoping to win will be the teams behind City of Lincoln Christmas Market and Swansea’s Waterfront Winterland, which are both shortlisted for Event of the Year.

The South West’s Larmer Tree Festival is in the running alongside London’s SohoCreate for Small Festival of the Year, while Wild Rumpus, organiser of the Just So Festival in Cheshire, and Lambeth Country Show go head to head in the Large Festival of the Year category.

Across 15 categories, the awards will be celebrating all aspects of the events industry, including events of all sizes, caterers, suppliers, medical providers, industry innovations and more.

Head judge is Alistair Turner, formerly PR director of Davies Tanner, which promotes the Britain for Events campaign, who has founded his own business, Eight PR & Marketing.

Last year’s winners included Capita PLC in Birmingham for Best Practice, Another World Productions in Bristol as Best Event Organiser for the city’s St Paul’s Carnival and Lambeth Country Show for Friendly Event of the Year.

The NOEA is the UK’s leading outdoor events trade association and fights the events industry’s corner with campaigns ranging from tackling police costs to calling for a ban on Chinese lanterns due to the danger to life, livestock and land.

The association aims to educate, advise and enhance professionalism and business opportunities within the sector and has more than 400 members.

The awards categories and shortlist are:

Event Innovation of the Year Award – awarded for the provision of a new product, service or concept that will help the industry to solve problems and go forward safely and profitably. Shortlisted: YouNG Network Group and Heart Productions.

Small Event of the Year Award – recognising the good work done by event organisers staging smaller events with audience attendance of under 2,000 with a local community focus. Shortlisted: Kehelland Trust and Dadfest.

Production Partnership of the Year Award – recognising those who have demonstrated excellence in partnership working in the delivery of an exceptional event.  Shortlisted:Rushcliffe Borough Council and NHS Rushcliffe CCG; Lambeth Country Show and The Whole Nine Yards.

Best Practice Award – Event Safety Award – awarded to the best overall promoter or event organiser who fulfil criteria for managing well organised safe events through their professionalism. To recognise long service or overcoming a particular challenge in an innovative way. Or it may reflect published works or effective training, coaching and leadership of others. Shortlisted:Larmer Tree Festival and City and County of Swansea

Event Organiser of the Year Award – open to individuals, companies and local authorities that provide first-class facilities and visitor satisfaction at their events. Shortlisted: Wild Rumpus and City of Lincoln Christmas Market.

Event of the Year Award– recognises an event which has achieved the highest level of excellence or has made a major contribution to the professionalism of the industry. Shortlisted: City of Lincoln Christmas Market and Waterfront Winterland in Swansea.

Event Supplier of the Year Award – open to individuals and companies that supply first-class products/equipment/entertainment to those within the events industry. Shortlisted: GL Events, 2CL Communications and G4S.

Sporting Event of the Year Award – open to any event involving a sporting activity, whether it is a participating or spectator event.  Shortlisted: Dragon Boat Events and Ryder Cup.

Small Festival of the Year Award – for any event that attracts fewer than 5,000 attendees. Shortlisted: SohoCreate and Larmer Tree Festival.

Large Festival of the Year Award – for any festival that attracts 5,000 attendees or more. Shortlisted: Wild Rumpus and Lambeth Country Show.

Caterer of the Year Award– for any in-house or external caterers of any size or type. Shortlisted: Les Deux Amies, Jabberwocky and Creativevents.

The NOEA Scotland Tribute Award – gives recognition to those events that have achieved the highest level of excellence or have made a major contribution to the professionalism of the industry in Scotland. Shortlisted: Cowal Highland Gathering, Celebrate Aberdeen and Edinburgh Mela.

Student Event of the Year Award – for any outdoor event organised by students, either individually or as a group/team. Shortlisted:Robert Gordon University and YouNG Network Group.

Medical Provider of the Year Award – for any type of medical provider that has excelled at an outdoor event. Shortlisted: Met Medical and M&S Ambulance.

Event Team of the Year Award – For the best proactive and effective event team working on an outdoor event. Shortlisted: Civi Events and Mid Somerset Show.

 

 




Mock Court Trial November 12th

 

People working across the events industry will be given a unique insight into how British courts work when they attend a mock trial on November 12.

Birmingham Magistrates’ Court is opening its doors to those who organise and support the huge range of events that take place across the country, catering for hundreds of thousands of visitors every year.

The National Outdoor Events Association (NOEA), in partnership with IOSH Sports Grounds and Events Group and Capita, has arranged the eye-opening visit to show delegates exactly what happens when a prosecution is brought to court.

Practising criminal district judges, court legal advisors and criminal barristers will all be taking part in the mock trial, which will focus on a case involving a health and safety issue at an event.

Volunteers will take the role of the witnesses while 12 of the industry delegates themselves will act as the jury.

NOEA Chief Executive Susan Tanner said: "We are offering this opportunity in partnership with IOSH Sports Grounds and Events Group and Capita after realising that many companies and people within the industry don’t have a clear understanding of the court process, only learning if they have to go through the courts as part of a prosecution.

"We so often hear the words, ‘It couldn’t happen to me’, but the reality is that it can and does happen, with a number of prosecutions involving the events industry in recent years. This is an opportunity to get a clear insight into how the courts work with a realistic trial and to put your questions to legal professionals.”

Richard Limb, director of leisure safety at Capita and NOEA President, said: "Both IOSH Sports Grounds and Events Group and Capita are keen to be part of this very exciting venture where delegates will get first-hand experience of the pressures and procedures that they might one day have to face. This hearing will be very realistic and event-based and there will be further opportunities to extend this experience announced on the day.”

The visit will begin with delegates meeting at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court before the group is taken to the court room for an introduction to the day’s case and jurors are chosen from the group.

With the trial under way, the judge, defence and prosecution will talk delegates through the case, while court staff will be on hand to answer questions. Once the verdict is in and the mock trial is over, the judge and barristers will also answer questions.

The visit is not designed to teach law or how to conduct an investigation.

The visit will take place on Thursday, November 12, from 10am-3pm. Places are limited and can be booked via Eventbrite or at www.noea.org.uk – tickets are £65 plus VAT for a NOEA /IOSH members Delegate place, £80 plus VAT for a non-members Delegate Place and £25 for students in full-time education.

For more details on the visit to Birmingham Magistrates’ Court, contact Susan Tanner on 01749 674531 or email secretary@noea.org.uk or contact Tara Knott on 07917 556269 or email t.knott@derby.ac.uk

The NOEA is the UK’s leading outdoor events trade association and fights the events industry’s corner with campaigns ranging from tackling police costs to calling for a ban on Chinese lanterns due to the danger to life, livestock and land.

The association aims to educate, advise and enhance professionalism and business opportunities within the sector and has more than 400 members.

 

 





Celebrate best PR campaigns at prestigious NOEA Awards 2015

 

A sponsor is being sought to help celebrate the most successful PR campaigns for outdoor events held across the UK at a prestigious awards ceremony.

The National Outdoor Events Association (NOEA) Awards are back for the 12th year to celebrate excellence in the events industry and for the first time will be presenting one entrant with the PR Campaign of the Year Award.

A sponsor is now being sought for the category, which is open to organisers who can show an exemplary PR strategy for an outdoor event, and the winner will be announced at the NOEA's annual convention and awards dinner on November 26 in Bath.

NOEA chief executive Susan Tanner said: "The awards seek to recognise the best of the events industry and all the work which goes into staging a successful outdoor event from the catering to sourcing sponsorship to acknowledging the best small and large events.

"The support from our sponsors in making the awards happen is invaluable and we provide them with many benefits, including a write-up on our website, logos on all published material, a press release about their role in the awards and more."

The head judge at this year's awards will be Alistair Turner, PR director of Davies Tanner, which promotes the Britain for Events campaign.

Last year’s winners included Capita PLC in Birmingham for Best Practice, Another World Productions in Bristol as Best Event Organiser for the city’s St Paul’s Carnival and Lambeth Country Show for Friendly Event of the Year.

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra and City of Edinburgh Council scooped the Scottish Tribute Award with the Virgin Money Festival Fireworks.

The NOEA is the UK’s leading outdoor events trade association and fights the events industry’s corner with campaigns ranging from tackling police costs to calling for a ban on Chinese lanterns due to the danger to life, livestock and land.

The association aims to educate, advise and enhance professionalism and business opportunities within the sector and has more than 400 members.

To find out more about the sponsorship package, please email secretary@noea.org.uk, call 01749 674531 or visit www.noea.org.uk/annual-convention.asp 




Event Industry Forum - Invitation for Funding

 

 As part of its formal remit to manage the publication of the Purple Guide, EIF Limited has a commitment to use any excess funds to support projects which have a wide benefit for the events industry.

 After putting reserves aside for the continued development of the Guide, EIF has allocated £5,000 in this financial year for supporting one or more projects and is inviting the industry to submit applications for support from this fund.

 If you have a project which you would like to put forward, you need to send in a written application providing:

  • The title of the project and a short description of it

  • Details of the amount of funding being sought and specifically how it would be used

  • Details of the overall project budget

  • An explanation of how this project will benefit the events industry

  • Timescales for delivery

  • Contact details for further information

 The Directors may ask applicants for further information or to present their projects in person.

 Applications should be kept to a single side of A4 and should be delivered to Jim Winship at the address below by no later than Friday 20th February 2015

 

Jim Winship

Secretary

The Events Industry Forum

Direct line: 01291 636331

jim@tesa.org.uk

 

 





NOEA Awards Launched

 

The prestigious National Outdoor Events Association awards launch today with more categories and they are free to enter.

NOEA is marking its 35 year anniversary with celebrations culminating at its 12 annual Convention and Awards Dinner which will be held in Bath on November 26.

The UK’s leading outdoor events trade association fights the events industry’s corner with campaigns ranging from tackling police costs to calling for a ban on Chinese lanterns due to the danger to life, livestock and land.

Chief Executive Susan Tanner said: "The awards seek to recognise the best of the events industry and recognise all the work which goes into staging a successful outdoor event from the catering to sourcing sponsorship to acknowledging the best small and large events.

"The head judge this year will be Alistair Turner  PR Director of Davies Tanner and promotes the Britain for Events campaign. The judges will be looking to reward the best innovation, good practice and simply the best event of the year.”

Last year’s winners included Capita PLC in Birmingham for best practice, Another World Productions in Bristol as best event organiser for the city’s St Paul’s Carnival and Lambeth Country Show for friendly event of the year.

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra and City of Edinburgh Council scooped the Scottish Tribute Award with the Virgin Money Festival Fireworks.

NOEA aims to education, advise and enhance professionalism and business opportunities within the sector and has more than 400 members.

To enter please visit www.noea.org.uk – entries are free but must be submitted 31st July 2015.

This year’s categories are:

Event Innovation of the Year Award – awarded for the provision of a new product, service or concept that will help the industry to solve problems and go forward safely and profitably.

Small Event of the Year Award – recognising the good work done by event organisers staging smaller events with audience attendance of under 2000 with a local community focus.

Production Partnership of the Year Award – to those who have demonstrated excellence in partnership working in the delivery of an exceptional event.

Best Practice Award – awarded to the best overall promoter or event organiser who fulfil criteria for managing well organised safe events through their professionalism.

Event organiser of the year – open to individuals, companies and local authorities who provide first class facilities and visitor satisfaction at their events.

Event of the Year Award – recognises an event which has achieved the highest level of excellence or has made a major contribution to the professionalism of the Industry.

Event Supplier of the Year - Open to individuals and companies who supply first class products/equipment/entertainment to those within the Events Industry.

Sporting Event of the Year Award - Open to any event involving a sporting activity whether it is a participating or spectator event

Small Festival of the Year Award - For any event that attracts less than 5,000 attendees.

Large Festival of the Year Award - For any festival that attracts 5,000 attendees or more

Caterer of the Year Award - For any in house or external caterers or outside caterer of any size or type

PR Campaign of the Year Award - For organisers who can show an exemplary PR strategy for an outdoor event

The NOEA Scotland tribute award - Gives recognition to those events that have achieved the highest level of excellence or have made a major contribution to the professionalism of the Industry in Scotland.

Sponsorship Campaign of the Year Award - For to organisers who can show an excellent use of sponsorship at an outdoor event

Student Event of the Year Award - For any outdoor event organised by students, either individually or as a group/team

Medical Provider of the Year Award - For any type of medical provider who have excelled at an outdoor event

Event Team of the Year Award - For the best proactive and effective event team working on an outdoor event

 




MyEvent.Vision Unveiled

 

MyEvent.Vision is an exciting new nationwide competition that has been launched to find creative talent within Britain’s event industry. Anyone with a completely original and dynamic event concept can enter and, if they win, will receive a freelance or full-time job offer, a £5,000 cash prize as well as see investment into their vision to create a live event.

 

Sponsored by Events International Group (EIG), the format of MyEvent.Vision can be better understood as ‘Dragons’ Den meets The Apprentice’. Entry to the competition is completely open; the strongest submissions will be shortlisted with the people behind the ideas being invited to pitch to a panel of event industry experts. From this process a winning candidate will be selected.

 

The judging panel’s chairman Chad Lion-Cachet, MD Event International Group (EIG) explained ‘From the Ideal Home Show to Glastonbury, from Wimbledon to food festivals, this country loves events and the event market is poised for rapid growth. MyEvent.Vision throws the door open to anyone with a great concept, then lets them create and deliver something exciting and unique. We don’t mind who the finalists are – they could as easily be a seasoned industry professional as a young student. What we do know is that this is a very exciting competition for someone with creativity to make their event idea a reality.’

 

Entries are now open until 6th February 2015 with the shortlisted entries announced on 11th February 2015. The judges’ pitch takes place on 27thFebruary 2015 with the winner announced at M&IT’s Industry Awards on 3rdMarch 2015.

 

Visitwww.myevent.vision  for more information about the competition or contact team@myevent.vision.

 

 

 




NOEA Press release 35th anniversary

 

A trade organisation is to mark its 35 year anniversary with a campaign and a student recruitment drive, says its president Richard Limb.

Mr Limb leads the National Outdoor Events Association which is the UK’s leading outdoor events trade association and founded in 1979.

"We do help make a difference when it comes to fighting the events’ corner with campaigns like tackling police costs and calling for the ban on Chinese lanterns,” he said.

"We regularly meet with government officials and official bodies to make sure the voice of the events industry is heard.”

NOEA has been working with various organisations to produce templates for agreements and for consistency across the UK in charging for a police presence at events.

It is also calling for a ban on sky lanterns because of the danger to life, livestock and land from the ‘uncontrolled fireballs’ and says Mr Limb this will be a key campaign for the coming year.

Mr Limb said: "Over the last 35 years we have had more and more household names such as The Jockey Club and Losberger UK Ltd joining us which adds gravitas to our arguments.

"We will continue to grow and represent the views of our members with the government. NOEA is here to support all its members – several are one man bands and from time to time need support and like-minded people to turn to which is one of the benefits of being a member.

"Events are always going to be important to society and they have to be well managed and safe. There has to be a pragmatic way of dealing with it and NOEA and its members are experienced in driving the way forward.”

"The event industry is not one that will die; there hasn’t been a recession in events.”

NOEA has set up a student council to encourage young people to get involved and learn from the experienced members.

Mr Limb said his two targets for the anniversary year were to further push the campaign to ban sky lanterns and encourage students to get involved.

"It goes without saying that current members are experienced. We want to get the balance right and encourage students to get involved and learn from our members as we look to the future of the industry.”

Its 35thyear celebrations will be launched with its annual conference on November 27 at Cardiff Metropolitan University.

Speakers will include Alan Davis from Celtic Manor talking about the impact of large events; Andy McNicholl from Liverpool Council on Walking with Giants – the puppets that took over Liverpool and Rob Corp, senior logistics manager Operation ISMAY – NATO 2014 on lessons brought to the industry and Philip Day on de-regulation of licensable activities.

Tickets are available via the NOEA website – www.noea.org.uk

 

 




Speed Networking Event on the NOEA Pavillion EPS 2015

  Venues and landowners looking to utilise their spaces in new and imaginative ways will have the opportunity to introduce themselves in the first ever speed networking event at the 2015 Event Production Show. Hosted on the NOEA Pavilion, one of the main hubs on the show floor, the speed networking event will take place on Wednesday18th February 2015. Festival organisers, production teams and outdoor event agencies will be invited to meet venues and landowners in a series of ten minute pitches in the hope of uncovering new and never before used event spaces. The National Outdoor Events Association is the UK’s leading outdoor events trade association and is currently campaigning for an outright ban on sky lanterns because of the dangers to life, animals and property. "Encouraging greater collaboration within the industry has always been at the heart of the Show,” explained Liz Agostini, event director. "Many landowners are looking for additional revenue streams and festival and event organisers are always looking for new and unique spaces. By hosting a dedicated speed networking event we hope to highlight how venues and landowners can increase their revenue while at the same time discovering some new destinations for live events and festivals.” Organised by Mash Media, the Event Production Show has been Europe’s premier showcase for the live events sector for over 20 years. Attracting over 200 exhibitors and 4000 visitors over its two days, the Show is renowned for welcoming high-profile speakers such as Glastonbury organiser, Michael Eavis; Bestival organiser, Rob Da Bank, Festival Republic’s Melvin Benn and Live Nation’s John Probyn to share their wealth of experience in delivering sell-out, longstanding live events. Agostini added: "We’re very proud that the show attracts such an impressive calibre of speakers year on year and we work hard to continue delivering relevant content for both exhibitors and delegates. The speed networking event is just one of a number of new initiatives we plan to launch for the 2015 and we are confident it will be a success.” To register to participate in the speed networking event, festival organisers and landowners need to contact Michelle Tayton on michelle.tayton@eventivecommunications.co.uk 



Advertise in the 2015 Year Book

 

NOEA Yearbook

If you would like to advertise in the 2015 yearbook please find rate card and booking form attached.

You can also call

Graham Walton

GW Publishing

Publishers to the Agricultural Show and Event Industries

01749 880181





Scottish Event Awards Showcases Industry's Success

 

The Scottish Event Awards in association with EventScotland celebrated the Scottish events industry’s successes from the past year at the Marriott Hotel, Glasgow. Faith Liddell from Festivals Edinburgh, Nigel Holl from Scottish Athletics and Emma Hopkins from London & Partners were amongst the 2014 panel of judges under Chairman Richard Limb from National Outdoor Events Association.

The ultimate swimming showdown Duel in the Pool 2013 delivered by British Swimming and partners scooped a hat-trick of awards, the Event Management Grand Prix Award, Best International Event and Best Sports Event. Highlights included The Enchanted Forest winning Best Cultural Event Award & Best Marketing Strategy, BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Glasgow was awarded Best Large Event whilst the Special Recognition Award went to the Glasgow 2014 team. For a list of full results please click on link below.  

Paul Bush OBE commented "I would like to extend my congratulations to all those involved in this annual award ceremony.  The strength and range of applicants and winners across all categories is indicative of the true talent which lies within Scotland’s event industry, thus reinforcing Scotland’s capability in delivering world-class events and highlighting that it is the perfect stage for events.” 




AGM - Cardiff Metropolitan University - Thursday November 27th 2014

The AGM will start at 9.00 and finish by 10.30. The AGM part of the day is free to members.

The rest of the day there will be a variety of speakers and topics including Rob Corp fresh from the NATO summit and Andy McNicholl from Liverpool talking about "Walking with Giants"  There are opportunities to exhibit and also to sponsor.

We are grateful for the support of Eventbrite as our ticketing partner.  
 

 

 
The NOEA Conference and AGM 2014
 
Thursday November 27th 2014 Programme
 

09.00

Registration and refreshments

09.30

NOEA AGM

Richard Limb; President of NOEA

10.00

Conference Registration & Refreshments

10.30

Welcome to NOEA Conference

Richard Limb - President

10.35

Welcome to Cardiff Metropolitan University

David Brooksbank - Dean of CMU

10.45

I Did it My Way

Rupert Moon

11.15

Refreshment Break

11.30

Impact of large events

Alan Davis - Celtic Manor

12.00

Walking with Giants

The puppets that took over Liverpool

Andy McNicholl - Liverpool Council

12.45

Closing Session Remarks

Richard Limb - President NOEA

13.00

Lunch

13.30

NATO Summit and what lessons it brought to the event industry

Rob Corp - Senior Logistics Manager Operation ISMAY NATO 2014

14.15

De-regulation of licensable activities

An update

Philip Day - Horsey Lightly Fynn

14.45

Refreshment Break

15.00

Expert Panel

A chance to question the conference speakers on event issues

16.00

Closing Remarks & Vote of Thanks

Richard Limb - President of NOEA






Threat Level Increase

The threat level from international terrorism has changed from SUBSTANTIAL to SEVERE in response to the developments in Syriaand Iraq. This means it is highly likely that a terrorist attack could happen in the UK.

We therefore continue to urge the public to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious activity to police. We need communities and families to bring to our attention anyone they perceive maybe vulnerable, a danger or escalating towards terrorism. Anyone with information is urged the anti-terrorist hotline on 0800 789 321.

Public safety is our priority and we have a variety of established operational tactics that are regularly used to ensure that the UK is both well prepared and protected. Over the years we have built capabilities and enhanced our security arrangements against a consistently high level of threat. Much of this is already in place. Our aim is to reduce the risk to the public and we keep our security arrangements under constant review in line with the threat we face.

 "We have activated the established planning mechanisms across the police service, coordinated by me as National Policing Lead on Counter Terrorism. This will lead to enhanced prevention and preparedness.

 From this afternoon we will begin to increase our levels of visible patrols and implement other security and protection measures. We will also build on existing community relations to provide reassurance and seek their support and assistance in keeping the UKsafe.

Businesses should take this opportunity to REVIEW their security stance and Business Continuity plans to ensure that they are reflective of this threat level increase.

They may wish to consider within this review what extra security measures may be proportionate or necessary.

NaCTSO




New Code on Sky Lanterns Doesn’t Go Far Enough

 

The new code of practice on Sky Lanterns doesn’t go far enough, say event organisers who are calling for a national ban.

 

The National Outdoor Events Association has already branded Sky Lanterns as dangerous to the public, livestock and buildings.

 

Earlier this year it launched a three-pronged campaign to raise awareness among the public, event organisers and to gain a parliamentary debate in a bid for an outright ban which has won support from the NFU, CLA, some local authorities and the Business Visits & Events Partnership.

 

A new industry code of practice was unveiled by the Trading Standards Institute following discussions between the Government and industry.

 

Susan Tanner, NOEA’s chief executive, said: "We have been involved in the discussions from the outset and while the code is a step in the right direction it doesn’t go far enough.

 

"Sky lanterns may look pretty but in reality they are balls of fire being sent into the air uncontrolled and unmonitored causing damage to animals and property. Ultimately there is a risk to human life; we have already seen firefighters injured while tackling a blaze caused by a lantern.

 

"We ask our members to impose a voluntary ban while we continue to gather the evidence to support an outright ban; much of it at the moment is anecdotal and we need the hard evidence to drive it forward.

 

"There is a petition in place asking government for a Parliamentary debate to support the ban which can be found via our website and we over the summer some local councils have been taking the initiative to ban the sale and use of sky lanterns – we hope more will come on board.”

 

Richard Limb, NOEA’s president, added:  "We are sure if people realised the long term effect they would be horrified. The floating fire balls may not cause blazes but little bits of wire may end up in silage and the consequences for livestock can be dire.”

 

Examples of damage caused are:-

 

  • a £6m blaze at Smethwick in the West Midlands injuring 11 firefighters

  • Reports of an increase in moorland and forest fires as well as scorched gardens and domestic roofs.

  • Cows aborting and dying in agony due to wire perforating the gut

  • Injury and death to marine life

  • Confusion with distress flares

     

NOEA’s website – www.noea.org.uk - has a section where evidence can be submitted of issues faced by the public as well as downloadable posters, signs and letters for use in backing the campaign. There is also a link to the petition calling for the Parliamentary debate.

 

 




Sky Lantern Code of Conduct released

  see article in Guardian  

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/aug/20/sky-lanterns-paper-chinese-new-guidance-warnings





VICTORY FOR LIVE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY

   

Coalition of festival organisers, venue owners and event promoters welcome Home Office decision to stick with existing arrangements for Special Police Services

25th June, 2014 (London): A coalition of festival organisers, venue owners and event promoters have today welcomed what they have described as a victory for common sense, following the Home Office’s decision not to move ahead with an all-out review of the system of charging events organisers for Special Police Services (SPS).

SPS are police services above and beyond core police duties. Under existing law, they are requested by an event organiser. SPS are not core policing and are part of a competitive market for security services. Event organisers that request SPS are required to pay for those police services that relate to their event.

Possible changes to the SPS regime included suggestions that the police might be empowered to impose and charge for the level of SPS they saw fit, with charges potentially applied to core policing duties and to policing on public as well as private land.

"The current system for Special Police Services has worked well for almost 100 years, and is capable of working well in the future. We have banded together as an industry to make plain our opposition to the implications in policy thinking that could seriously threaten the competitiveness of the events industry,” said Claire O'Neill, Senior Manager, Association of Independent Festivals.

The coalition, made up more than 689 signatories from the Concert Promoters Association, National Arenas Association, Association of Festival Organisers, Local Authorities Event Organisers Group, Association of Independent Festivals, and National Outdoor Events Association wrote directly to Damian Green MP, Minister of State for Policing, Criminal Justice and Victims.

It argued that giving the police free rein to impose charges on events would have damaged their competitiveness, inhibited many start-ups from entering the market and cost jobs, as many would have had to cease operation.

"Today marks a significant victory following a long period of uncertainty. We’re grateful to the Home Office that the possibility of a system in which the police are empowered to impose a level of Special Police Services on event organisers has been stopped in its tracks,” said Guy Dunstan, Chairman of the National Arenas Association.

Despite sufficient existing legislation, the events coalition noted that there had even been concerns over the application of the existing legislation, including reports of:

• ‘Overkill policing’ (e.g. excessive, disproportionate searching and unnecessarily intimidating policing) as a response at events which have not agreed to the SPS charges proposed by the local force

• Attempts to impose a level of service at an event which is disproportionate and risks putting the event out of business altogether

• Threats from police forces to lodge licensing objections to events if their imposed charges are not agreed to

"Whilst the prospect of a review of Special Police Services has been seen off by the efforts of our coalition, there is still a long way to go to ensure the current regime is respected, and we plan to continue to work towards that,” said Claire O'Neill

 





PRIME MINISTER OPENS BRITAIN’S BIGGEST FESTIVAL FOR BUSINESS EVENTS TO BOOST ECONOMIC RECOVERY

 

Britain for Events has welcomed the role that the International Festival For Business (IFB) will play in promoting the value of the UK events industry, following its official opening by Prime Minister David Cameron in Liverpool this week.

 

The Prime Minister lauded the festival as "the biggest showcase of British industry since 1951 and a shop window for UK innovation and creativity”, underlining the major influence business events make to developing industry within the UK, in front of a global audience.

 

Never before has there been such a concentration of meetings, conferences, exhibitions and trade-shows, as more than 300 events across the Festival’s business and cultural programme take place during the next 50 days in Liverpool and the North West. The Festival will attract business delegates and trade intermediaries from around the world with the aim of stimulating the UK economy through increased trade and investment.

 

Britain for Events, the UK pre-eminent campaign for the events sector, has chosen the International Festival for Business as its springboard for the 2014 promotion. It welcomes the top level support of the Prime Minister, other leading government Ministers, prominent business leaders, entrepreneurs and small business enterprises, all of whom are endorsing the Festival’s use of events to celebrate trade and export opportunities by providing a platform for some of the most innovative development from businesses across Britain.

 

The Festival comes after the launch of the Events are GREAT report earlier in the year which put the value of events to the UK economy from visitor spend at £39.1 billion, accounting for 30% of the UK visitor economy. UK exhibitions attract 13 million visitors annually and generate £11 billion in spend. 

 

IFB2014 is a central part of the UK Government’s plans to drive growth and rebalance the economy. It aims to help contribute to doubling British exports to £1 trillion by 2020, and generating more than £100 million of foreign investment for the UK over the next five years

 

Alistair Turner, Campaign Director for Britain for Events said, "What better example can there be to show how business events enrich trade and facilitate the rebalancing of the UK economy, than the International Festival For Business. This impressive gathering of UK businesses proves how important a part events are playing in driving forward the UK economy.’’

 

Several visitor economy events will be hosted as part of the festival with National Tourist Board, VisitEngland, British Destinations, The European Tour Operators Association, and the Tourism Society delivering a full programme of events. Event sector organisations are also out in force with the Business Visits and Events Partnership, ABPCO, ICCA, HBAA, AEV/ESSA, EVCOM and ISES also planning events during the Festival.

 

A copy of the Visitor Economy Events programme can be found here: www.britainforevents.co.uk/images/pdf/Visitor%20Economy%20Events.pdf

 

 

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For further information please contact:

Alistair Turner or Alex Stronghill at Davies Tanner

Telephone: + 44 (0)1892 619 100

Email: alistair.turner@daviestanner.co.ukor alex.stronghill@daviestanner.co.uk 




BRITAIN SET FOR A GREAT SUMMER OF EVENTS

 

Once again the eyes of the world will focus on Britain’s vibrant and prospering events industry this summer, as world-class business, cultural and sporting occasions are staged across the Nation.

 

In addition to the many music festivals, agricultural shows and cultural events worth around £3bn to the economy, there’s a £2bn spectacular summer of sporting events including the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, the Grand Depart of the Tour de France in Yorkshire, the Ryder Cup in Scotland in addition to the annual Great British institutions of Ascot, Wimbledon, Silverstone, Henley and this year’s Open Golf Championship at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club.

 

Liverpool also plays host to the International Festival for Business, a 50 day business event extravaganza when over 300 events, conferences and exhibitions will boost UK trade and exports. This focal event complements a host of trade shows, medical conferences and association congresses in Britain’s vast array of exhibitions and conference centres in city and resort destinations such as Harrogate, Telford, Brighton, Birmingham and Manchester, including London’s first Technology Week.

 

The UK events sector is worth £39.1bn to the UK visitor economy. It accounts for 30% of all tourism expenditures. An extra £7.7bn is spent by accompanying visitors within the wider economy. The sector’s 25,000 businesses employ 530,000 people. This is set to increase as many more are taken on over the next few months to service the growing number of outdoor events and festivals for which Britain has become renowned in staging.

 

Britain for Events, the industry’s promotional campaign will be highlighting to businesses, government and consumers the amazing variety of events that will shape this summer’s programme.

 

"There’s much talk about the injections of spending on the high street and on holidays around this time of the year. This summer, the events industry is proving in big cities and in rural destinations that it can stage a series of magical moments that create jobs, business growth, boost consumer spending, the chance to share knowledge and experiences with thousands, and at the same time create community cohesion and raise the profile of destinations,” comments Michael Hirst, Chair of the Business Visits & Events Partnership and campaign spokesperson for the Britain for Events campaign.

 

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 For further information please contact;

Alistair Turner or Alex Stronghill at Davies Tanner

T: 01892 619 100

E: alistair.turner@daviestanner.co.uk or

alex.stronghill@daviestanner.co.uk 

 

 

About Britain for Events

Britain for Events is an annual campaign designed to promote the value of event tourism to the British economy and celebrate the creativity of those organisations within it.

 

Endorsed by the Prime Minister and Minister for Sport, Tourism & Equalities, Helen Grant MP, the Business Visits & Events Partnership and national tourism bodies from England, Scotland Wales and Northern Ireland, the campaign is also supported by a number of high profile industry and corporate brands.

 

The current campaign will run until December 2014, focusing on every aspect of the events industry from live music and sport, festivals and cultural events to meetings and conferences, exhibitions and trade shows.

 

About the BVEP

www.businessvisitsandeventspartnership.com

 

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Event organisers call for a ban on Sky Lanterns

 

Event organisers have called for a national ban on Sky Lanterns branding them dangerous to the public, livestock and buildings.

 

The campaign by the National Outdoor Events Association has a three-pronged approach aiming to raise awareness among the public, event organisers and to gain a parliamentary debate in the bid for an outright ban.

 

Launched in the South West at England’s biggest agricultural show, the Royal Bath and West in Somerset, the campaign is now being rolled out nationally.

 

Susan Tanner, NOEA’s chief executive said: "In essence balls of fire are being sent into the air uncontrolled and unmonitored causing damage to animals and property. Ultimately there is a risk to human life; we have already seen firefighters injured while tackling a blaze caused by a lantern.”

 

Richard Limb, NOEA’s president, added:  "Part of our problem is that they do look really pretty but we are sure if people realised the long term effect they would be horrified.

 

"They may not set something on fire but little bits of wire may end up in silage and the consequences for livestock can be dire.

 

"We are asking people to follow a voluntary ban while we gather the evidence to support an outright ban; at the moment much of the evidence is anecdotal and a ban cannot be put in place without that evidence.  We are asking government for a Parliamentary debate to support the ban.”

 

Michael Hirst, OBE, chairman of the Business Visits & Events Partnership, said: "We support NOEA’s bid for an outright ban. There is simply not enough awareness of the damage that can be caused. In the meantime we are asking our Partners to bring these concerns to event organisers and venues across the UK.”

 

"The events industry is vital to the UK economy. It is important that we take a lead in ensuring a safe environment for attendees and the communities in which events are operated”.

 

Alan Lyons, Show Manager, said: "We are delighted the National Outdoor Events Association has launched this campaign at the Show. We hear many anecdotes from farmers regarding these lanterns and to have a body collating all the information I am sure will be welcomed.

 

"As a Society we are here for the farming community and will give our support to initiatives such as this which will help those in the rural area who are suffering damage to their livestock and property.”

 

 

Examples of damage caused are:-

 

·        a £6m blaze at Smethwick in the West Midlands injuring 11 firefighters

·        Reports of an increase in moorland and forest fires as well as scorched gardens and domestic roofs.

·        Cows aborting and dying in agony due to wire perforating the gut

·        Injury and death to marine life

·        Confused with distress flares

 

NOEA’s website – www.noea.org.uk - has a section where evidence can be submitted of issues faced by the public as well as downloadable posters, signs and letters for use in backing the campaign. There is also a link to an existing petition calling for the Parliamentary debate.

 





‘We would like your feedback on our Good Practice guide to Working in Safety Advisory Groups’

 

A consultation document that seeks feedback from event organisers on safety advisory groups (SAG) has been issued. The Emergency Planning College has drafted a good practice guide to working in safety advisory groups and wishes organisers and industry professionals to give feedback by June 4.

 

The aim of the guidance is intended to form a single, core guidance document for SAGs, their members, event organisers and industry. It is intended to act as a reference document, which new or inexperienced event organisers might use in order to understand the structure, roles and responsibilities and expectations of SAG. It has been developed by using examples of good practice and existing SAG’s are encouraged to use it to confirm consistency, whilst those considering establishing a SAG can use it as a logical starting point. A group of industry experts consulted on an initial draft. Now, the events industry is urged to email bev.griffiths@emergencyplanningcollege.comwith feedback.

To download please click here

 




BRITAIN FOR EVENTS 2014 LAUNCHES THIS WEEK

 

30 April 14, UK:The 2014 Britain for Events campaign launches this week with a far reaching national print, broadcast and digital campaign that will represent the very best of the UK events industry. The national campaign will hit later this week and is being supported with a brand new motion graphic video that celebrates all things ‘Britain for Events’.

 

The dedicated body for the events industry is also pushing ahead with what is set to be another busy and energetic campaign year with a series of targeted events throughout 2014.

 

The current impact of the now £39.1 billion UK events industry has seen a growth of the sector in Britain of £3 billion since 2010 and represents the wealth of talent, passion, creativity and innovation which characterises Britain’s events industry today.

 

With a presence at the International Festival for Business in July, the creation of a National Events Month in October and continued support for the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) events inquiry, the campaign is set for its strongest and most productive year yet.

 

"Once again Britain is hosting some of the biggest sporting and cultural events in 2014, from the Ryder Cup and Commonwealth Games in Scotland to Glastonbury. Supporting events, from local fairs and festivals to globally significant moments, we have lots to be proud of within the UK,” comments Alistair Turner, Britain for Events Campaign Director.

 

Continuing, Alistair added; "Simply put, we’re good at putting on events, we get it, and that is something that has been proven around the world. We’re happy to be leading the charge and saying just how good Britain’s Events are.”

 

You can sign up or register interest to the Britain for Events campaign throughbritainforevents@daviestanner.co.uk

 

www.britainforevents.co.uk

 

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For further information please contact:

Alistair Turner or Alex Stronghill at Davies Tanner

Telephone: + 44 (0)1892 619 100

Email: alistair.turner@daviestanner.co.ukor alex.stronghill@daviestanner.co.uk

 




Maria Miller stands down

 

After this morning’s (9th April) announcement that Maria Miller has stood down as Secretary of State for Culture, media and Sport, Sajid Javid has been announced as her replacement. This is very good news for the Tourism industry and events industry  as he is a rising star in the party and has met with the Tourism Alliance and understands the benefits derived from tourism.





Award Winners NOEAFEST

  NOEA are pleased to announce the Award winners

  

Event Supplier of the Year Award

EventServ

 
 

Event Organiser of the Year Award

 

Another World    

Event Innovation Award

Watermills


Event of the Year Award

Gentlemen of the Road stopover tour (Mumford and Sons)

Production partnership Award

 
 

TAO and Young Turks Records

Best Practice Award

 
 

Capita

 
 

Friendly Event of the Year Award

Lambeth Country Show 2013


Scottish Tribute Awards

Virgin Money Festival Fireworks (Scottish Chamber Orchestra & City of Edinburgh Council)

 

Presidents' Award

 
 

Mike Tomlinson

Judges Award

Association of Festival Organisers





Purple Guide Launch

 

The Purple Guide has now been published at www.thepurpleguide.co.uk

 

 

To subscribe to the Guide, simply follow the instructions on the site – payment is made through PayPal.

 

 

Press Release                           

18thMarch, 2014

 

NEW GUIDE TO SAFE EVENTS LAUNCHED

 

A new version of the ‘purple guide’, which aims to help organisers deliver successful events safely, is launched today (Tuesday, March 18).

 

The Guide, which was originally published in 1992, is expected by The Events Industry Forum (EIF) to be indispensable to regulators at local authorities, emergency service personnel, and the various contractors and sub-contractors who help make events happen.   Like its predecessor, it is also expected to help keep Britain’s expertise at events at the forefront on the world stage.

 

"The original Purple Guide, published by the HSE in the 1990s, had a huge impact in helping to bring a safer and more cohesive approach to event management,” says Jim Winship, Secretary of the EIF and who has been co-ordinating the project.    "It also helped to put the UK events industry on the map worldwide as the standards set in the Guide rapidly became adopted across the globe.

 

"By updating the guidance in line with developments in the industry, we hope this new Guide will have similar impact in reinforcing the UK’s credentials as a world leader in the event sector while also helping organisers generally to find their way around the myriad of legislation and guidelines covering this industry.”

 

Covering everything from venue design to crowd control and sanitation, the guide aims to give organisers a single source reference to the things they need to take into consideration when putting on and managing an event, but without being prescriptive. 

 

Developed through consultation with the industry and government agencies, and with the support of the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) , ‘The Purple Guide to Health, Safety and Welfare at Music and Other Events’ is initially being published on-line, although a printed version may be produced in the future.

 

Initially 23 chapters are being published, each covering a different aspect of the infrastructure involved in putting on an event.   Each chapter has been developed through working groups made up of specialists from across the industry, local government and services such as fire and police.  

 

Further chapters will be added over the summer and the EIF has put in place a team of experts to regularly review and update the content.

 

Says EIF Chairman Graham Lake-Grange: "This project has involved an immense amount of work by a large number of people, all on a voluntary basis, which just goes to demonstrate the commitment and professionalism of those working across all sectors of our industry.   I would particularly like to thank all those on the working groups for their support and the Concert Promoters Association and other members of the EIF for providing some help with funding.”

 

The EIF publication replaces the HSE’s existing HSG 195 guidance document as part of a move towards stronger health and safety leadership and ownership by industry and improves collaboration with regulators.

 

The new Guide is available on an annual subscription basis of £25, which includes full access to the contents including notification of updates.    All funds raised from subscriptions will be used by the EIF to maintain the publication and expand the guidance.

 

Full details can be found at www.thepurpleguide.co.uk

 





Silverstone UTC students working with National Outdoor Events Association

 


Silverstone UTC students studying events management in Year 12 are currently working with NOEA in the delivery of their National Convention to be held on 27th March.


The students having been working on event design and production on one of the aspects for the convention by being creative with some of the ideas that they have come up with. During the convention the students will be supporting NOEA in the delivery of the event to help them build their portfolio within the events industry and experience.


At present the students are doing a 3 A level equivalent course at the UTC on the Silverstone Circuit, the home of the British Grand Prix. The course is designed all around project based learning and is led by Ian Arnott who has helped develop the concept, and currently works with the awarding body Oxford and Cambridge Exam board (OCR).


The UTC at Silverstone is really excited by this opportunity in allowing the students to develop their portfolios further and help deliver another event. As well as NOEA, the students have been working with Grandstand Media (Event Managers and delivers of the Horse of the year show) and many other key partners locally and nationally in event management.


A lot of the students are already working with their event partners on paid part time basis due to their outstanding work ethic and knowledge that they have gained so far. At the end of the course some students will be progressing onto permanent work placements within the event industry






The New Purple Guide Launch

 

The new Purple Guide will be launched at the House of Commons on Tuesday next week (March 18) and will be available on-line immediately afterwards.

 

Initially 23 chapters are being published with further chapters being added over the summer.   Consideration will then be given to producing a printed version.

 

The new guide will be available on-line for an annual subscription of £25, which includes access to updates and additions during the year.    All the monies raised through subscriptions will be ring-fenced by the Events Industry Forum to support the maintenance of the guide in future years as well as the development of further guidances.

 

I would particularly like to thank all those who have contributed to the new Purple Guide either directly through Working Groups or by commenting on drafts.

 

We will send you a reminder about the launch next week.

 

Kind regards

 

 

 

Jim Winship

Secretary

The Events Industry Forum

 

 




BVEP Launches Events are GREAT Britain Report

   

13th March 14, UK: The Business Visits & Events Partnership (BVEP) unveiled the

Events are GREAT Britain Report today at International Confex (Thursday, 13th March

14). The report is the latest update of the events industry ‘anthology’ compiled by

Tony Rogers, research expert and member of the Partnership.

The report is a successor to the Britain for Events Report, published in 2010, and

gives an increased total spend figure for attendees and delegates to events of

£39.1bn, up from £36.1bn from the last report. The spend represents 35% of the total

value of the UK visitor economy. However the report looks at more than ‘value’ of

the report, addressing additional spend, GDP contribution, employment, tax

revenues and trade transacted and unquantifiable benefits from knowledge and

experiences gained.

The report includes chapters on the different sectors that make up the UK events

industry and looks at statistics and trends affecting each one. On top of the

increased overall figure the report reflects a rise in the conference and meetings

sector following the launch last year of the Economic Impact Survey.

"The Events are GREAT Britain Report is the industry’s latest and most

comprehensive report on the size, value, key characteristics, trends, opportunities

and key issues of Britain’s GREAT event’s industry,” comments Michael Hirst, Chair of

the BVEP. "It takes into consideration many market changes in what has been a

challenging but ultimately successful four years for the UK events industry.”

"Writing the 'Events Are GREAT Britain Report' is something of a labour of love,”

commented Tony Rogers. "This new edition is an almost complete re-write of the

2010 report. I hope that the published report does justice to the wonderful events

industry that it seeks to portray."

"The UK government is investing £145 million into the GREAT campaign and we took

the decision, as key beneficiaries of both its tourism and business activity, to brand

the report GREAT,” concludes Hirst. "By becoming part of the GREAT campaign, the

events industry can demonstrate how its activities support Britain’s industries. We

 

can show that events are an intrinsic part of the government’s claim that Britain is a

great place to partake in business and cultural experiences, and a great Country in

which to do business, to export from, to invest in, to learn in, to visit and of course to

 

hold and attend meetings and events.”

To download the full report and executive summary please go to the BVEP website

at www.businessvisitsandeventspartnership.com/.

 

- Ends –

For further information please contact;

Alistair Turner at Davies Tanner

T: 01892 619 100

 

E: alistair.turner@daviestanner.co.uk

 

 

 

http://www.businessvisitsandeventspartnership.com/





Purple Guide Launch

 

The new Purple Guide will be launched at the House of Commons on Tuesday next week (March 18) and will be available on-line immediately afterwards.

 

Initially 23 chapters are being published with further chapters being added over the summer.   Consideration will then be given to producing a printed version.

 

The new guide will be available on-line for an annual subscription of £25, which includes access to updates and additions during the year.  All the monies raised through subscriptions will be ring-fenced by the Events Industry Forum to support the maintenance of the guide in future years as well as the development of further guidance.

 

I would particularly like to thank all those who have contributed to the new Purple Guide either directly through Working Groups or by commenting on drafts.

 

We will send you a reminder about the launch next week, together with the press release.

 

Kind regards

 

Jim Winship

Secretary

The Events Industry Forum

 




Euro-Caribbean Enterprise Partnership Service (ECEPS)

 

In today’s global economic climate it is vital for enterprises – in particular small and medium

sized enterprises (SMEs) - to expand their horizons and develop relationships with

enterprises in other countries to facilitate and expand their export potential.

In order to facilitate this activity The Foundation for European Initiatives together with

Pathway Caribbean, with the support of the UK Government’s UK Trade & Investment

Department and INVEST Barbados, has signed an Agreement with the Barbados Small

Business Association to offer a new service to, (initially), enterprises in Barbados and the UK

to develop and support International Partnerships.

This new Euro-Caribbean Enterprise Partnership Service (ECEPS) will comprise a

web-based "Partnership Portal” where enterprises can register their request/offer for

partnership (e.g. joint venture) at NO COST with the intention of securing a partnership

with a suitable organisation in order for them to develop a productive relationship. The more

enterprises that register for inclusion in our "enterprise database” the more useful it will

become.

Once a "Partnership Match” is found the Small Business Association in Barbados and

Pathway Caribbean in the UK will be on hand to offer practical support and guidance to

ensure an effective and productive partnership.

As the Portal grows more services/information will be added to meet the needs of

enterprises, including the development of international entrepreneurship training courses.

The "Partnership Portal” will be available in March 2014, with an official launch in

Bridgetown and London in late April.

If you require any information/clarification about this new service please contact either Dr

Paul Quantock on 01482 651695 or caribbean@tfei.org.uk or Andrew Scantlebury on 0795

6589 735 or pathwaycaribbean@btinternet.com





Business Events 2014 - report in The Times

   

Britain for Events are excited and proud to be supporting a 16-page B2B report on Business Events which will be published nationally (as a supplement) in The Times on February 27th 2014. The report goes out in the centre of the business section of the paper (as well as online). This will be the most high profile event industry piece of 2014, so a great opportunity for all. It is a hugely positive report about the events industry, full of inspiring, intelligent content exploring what an integral part of a successful sales and marketing strategy events are. The report looks at facts, figures, trends and produces powerful info-graphics to educate and inform the readership of The Times. This will be the 4th edition of this highly regarded annual report.

As part of this agreement, Britain for Events members and contacts are entitled to discounts on the commercial positions available. This will apply to both the display advertising and the advertorial positions available (NB – there are only three advertorials available):

  • 15% off small positions
  • 25% off large positions

Targeting The Times C-suite audience of 1.3 million daily readers and the wider business audience of 442,000 purchase decision makers, this report provides a fantastic opportunity for you to promote your brands in a focused, high quality editorial environment. The report is also being distributed at International Confex which will give it a fantastic global reach. Londonlaunch are also working in association with the report and are promoting it pre-publication.

The attached Media Kit includes the proposed editorial synopsis, readership breakdown, rate card and details on the ROI you can expect from involvement.

If this is of interest please get in contact with Rebecca Watts – the publisher of the report for more information and mention ‘Britain for Events’ to ensure the special rates on 0203 428 5235 or email on rw@raconteur.net.





Purple Guide Launch

   

The long awaited revised Purple Guide is scheduled to be launched at a reception at Portcullis House, Westminster on 18th March 2014.  It is understood that access to the website will be available at a cost of £25 per annum and plans are being made to make printed copies available for sale.  More detail to follow in due course.





NOEA Outdoor Event Awards

   

Event Supplier

 

Tectoniks

EventServ

Nick Edwards from Losberger

 

Event organiser

 

Hever Castle

Another World

TAO Productions

 

Event Innovation

 

123Hire ltd

Watermills

Show plans

 

Event of the year

 

Hever Castle

Nottingham City Council

Gentlemen of the Road stopover

AFO

Tiree Music Festival

 

Production partnership

 

Vespasian and the Malawian people

TAO and Young Turks Records

Capita

 

Best practice

 

Star Events

Capita

TAO Production

Losberger

Showforce

 

Friendly Event

 

Plus net Marathon

Lambeth

ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon

 

 

 





Have your Cake and Eat it!

  Please follow the link for
 




APPG Inquiry

  Press release about the APPG inquiry and also the results of the recent enquiry  into the Events Industry.



Sky Lanterns Campaign

  After campaigning for the banning of sky lanterns NOEA have been invited to meet with DEFRA and George Eustice the Under Secretary of State for Farming, Food and Marine Environment .
The meeting will take place in the New Year. 




Police Scotland host NOEA National Conference at Tulliallan

 

Over 100 delegates enjoyed an array of fantastic speakers and subjects at the NOEA National Conference held at The Police College, Tulliallan, Scotland on 26th November. Members came out in force to learn, debate and share information on a diverse range of key subjects.

Deputy Chief Constable - Steve Allen welcomed the delegates to the Conference and to the Police College. Delegates were then given a glimpse of the forthcoming Commonwealth games in a dvd from Gordon Arthur - Chief Communication Officer, Glasgow 2014 and also an insight on how the events are policed in Scotland by Chief Superintendent Andy Bates.

There followed active debate from Geoff Ellis from DF Concerts organiser of T in the Park on policing costs and issues facing organisers.. Misuse of "legal highs” at events was debated with the conclusion that the industry needs to work with the police to get the term changed in the media as it implies that such drugs are safe. It also appears that the use of "legal highs” is not just at festivals but is now occurring at large free family events.

John Gilligan - Managing Director of Tennent Caledonian Breweries was an entertaining speaker who was delighted to meet Geoff Ellis  from T in the Park as despite sponsoring his event for a long time had not met personally.

 

Other topics covered during the day were the rise of Social Media & Paperless Tickets, delivering the National Events Strategy for Scotland and Challenges experienced by the City of Edinburgh with so many events taking place.

The progress of the Institute of Event Management was outlined to delegates and received enthusiastic response to support the initiative.

Feedback from sponsors Wernwick Event Hire and Arnold Clark Car and Van Rental has also been very positive.

Richard Limb, President of NOEA said

"I am very pleased to see that so many members and non-members attended the National Conference in Scotland as it shows support of the Association and events like this assist the events industry in moving forward together on important issues.”

 

 




NOEA Election Results

      All Council members would like to offer their thanks to both Jan and Alan who have contributed and worked very hard on Council over the last few years and wish them both success in other ventures.
 

Election Results 2013

 

Votes

President

 

 

 

Jan Booth

36

Richard Limb

49

 

 

Council

 

John Burgess

57

Tom Clements

60

Rob Corp

64

Chris Hall

53

Richard Harmer

46

Alan Pope

32

Terry Waller

50 

 

 





NOEA awards deadline extended

There is still time to nominate in the 2014 NOEA awards, with ten categories to choose from you have until December 24th to submit it. The awards will be independently judged in January with the short list revealed just after. 

 

NOEA Convention 2014 Awards information

 

About the Awards

The NOEA Awards aim to recognise some of the ‘movers and shakers’ who are at the forefront in driving the event industry forward. The Awards are judged by independent judges from the industry and will be presented at the awards dinner on Thursday March 27th 2014.

 

What we look for

In each category the judges will be looking for evidence of success and innovation as well as the commercial viability of products and services with the aim of finding those who show genuine leadership in their sector.

 

How to enter

Entries should comprise a short explanation – ideally no more than A4 sheet – of what the business has done in the qualifying period to develop the category, including supporting evidence of its success.  Please make sure you include supporting material such as menus, product literature, photographs etc. – as well as your contact details.

You can enter your own business or nominate someone else in any of the categories

 

Event Innovation of the Year Award - Awarded for the provision of a new product,

service or concept that will help the industry to solve problems and go forward safely and profitably.

 

The Friendly Event AwardAn award to recognise whose event has been friendliest

to the environment, the community or to those who have different or special needs; or for the event that has benefitted a good cause or charity.

 

Outdoor Green Space of the Year Award - Awarded for the most positive contribution that can be played by outdoor venues, through the creation of facilities and the support provided to event to event organisers, and keeping the visitors secure and safe.

 

Small Event of the Year Award - An award that gives recognition to the good work

done by event organisers staging smaller events. Audience attendance of under 2000 person or with a local community focus.

 

Production Partnership Year Award - An award to those who have demonstrated

excellence in partnership working between individuals and companies in the delivery of an exceptional event. Two partners are to be nominated for this award.

 

Best Practice AwardAwarded to the best overall promoter or event organiser who

fulfil criteria for managing well organised, safe events satisfactorily, through their professionalism and overall knowledge or the requirements of the Industry.

 

Event Organiser of the Year Award - Open to the individuals, companies and local

authorities who provide first class facilities and visitor satisfaction at their events.

 

Event of the Year AwardGives recognition of those events who have achieved the highest level of excellence or have made a major contribution to the professionalism of the Industry.

 

 

Event Supplier of the YearOpen to individuals and companies who supply first class products/equipment/entertainment etc to those within the Events Industry.

 

The NOEA Scotland tribute awardGives recognition to those events that have achieved the highest level of excellence or have made a major contribution to the professionalism of the Industry in Scotland.

 

NOEA Awards Nomination Form

 

How to enter

Applicants should fill in the Award Nomination form with a short explanation outlining what the business or individual has done to achieve in the category, including supporting evidence of its success.  Please make sure you include supporting material such as product literature, photographs etc. as well as your own contact details.

You can enter your own business or nominate someone else in any of the categories

 

In each category the judges will be looking for evidence of success and innovation as well as the commercial viability of products and services with the aim of finding those who show genuine leadership in their sector.

Independent Judges are selected from the industry and will shortlist three candidates and the winner will be announced at the Awards Ceremony.

 

Please return application to:

Susan Tanner NOEA PO Box 4495, Wells. BA5 3DS or email secretary@noea.org.uk

 

 

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Deadline for Entries 24th December 2013

Shortlist Announced January 2014

Awards Ceremony Thursday March 27th 2014

 

 

 




SIA Business Licences for all Security firms by April 2015

 

As some of you may be aware the SIA have been looking to move into a ‘new regulatory regime’ for the past few years, as a result of the Governments pledge to reduce the number of quangos to further strip back costs. The SIA have sought to bring about business licenses with the aim of putting emphasis on the industry as a whole to self-regulate its practises rather than looking to a government body to do so.

 

The announcement was made yesterday that from April 2015 all companies and individuals who provide security services will need to (by law) possess an SIA Business licence in order for them to operate legally.

 

The business licenses will only be issued to companies/sole traders who are able to meet the ‘fit and proper’ criteria set out by the SIA. This will include appropriate ‘key minds’ and financial standing, which will result in extensive testing to ensure that Directors are deemed to be both experienced to carry out their role and do not have a criminal past whilst ensuring that a company has the financial capability to operate ethically and not ‘phoenix’ to dodge corporation tax etc.  In addition there will be a greater level of interaction between government agencies to ensure that National Insurance and Tax is paid by the company, and this will need to be shown at annual assessments.

 

These business licences will form the entry level for any company to operate within the industry and to supply or manage security staff, and will be based on the British Standards for the industry, and will be assessed on application and will require annual submissions to prove compliance.

 

The current SIA Approved Contractor scheme will remain, and will further serve as the industry quality mark to show high standards of service and a commitment to quality and sound business practises. As such, all business will need to state their licence number (much like a registered business number) however only SIA ACS approved contractors will be able to display the accreditation mark.

 

 




AGM November 26th

The AGM will be held at the Tulliallan Police College in Scotland.
 
 
The AGM will start at 9.00 and finish by 10.30. The AGM part of the conference day is free to members.
Please book online.
 




Candidate's Manifestos

Click on the links below to view the candidates manifestos:
 
 




Election of Officers and General Council 2013

The following officers and candidates seek election and/or re-election to the General Council for the period November 2013-2015

NOMINATION FOR OFFICERS

President

Jan Booth - SunbabaSystems Ltd 

Richard Limb - Capita Ltd


NOMINATIONS FOR GENERAL COUNCIL

John Burgess - Event Production Services

Tom Clements - Specialized Security

Rob Corp - Cardiff Council

Chris Hall - Event Safety Planning Ltd

Richard Harmer - Speedy Event Services

Alan Pope - 1st Class Entertainments Agency

Terry Waller - ARC International


Vice President – there is only one candidate for one position and there will therefore be no election

Andy Grove – Basingstoke Council


NOEA members eligible to vote may complete the voting paper and return to the General Secretary by 5pm Tuesday 19th November 2013, by email or post.

 

Susan Tanner
NOEA
PO Box 4495
WELLS
BA5 9AS

Email: secretary@NOEA.org.uk





Elections to Council - Vice President vacancy

   

At the Scottish regional conference and AGM on November 26th there will be elections for places on the NOEA main Council.

There will be a vacancy for the position of Vice President so members are encouraged to stand.

Nominations need to be in by 5 pm Friday 25th October





NOEA Convention 2014 Awards information

 

 

NOEA Convention 2014 Awards information

 

About the Awards

The NOEA Awards aim to recognise some of the ‘movers and shakers’ who are at the forefront in driving the event industry forward. The Awards are judged by independent judges from the industry and will be presented at the awards dinner on Thursday March 27th 2014.

 

What we look for

In each category the judges will be looking for evidence of success and innovation as well as the commercial viability of products and services with the aim of finding those who show genuine leadership in their sector.

 

How to enter

Entries should comprise a short explanation – ideally no more than A4 sheet – of what the business has done in the qualifying period to develop the category, including supporting evidence of its success.  Please make sure you include supporting material such as menus, product literature, photographs etc. – as well as your contact details.

You can enter your own business or nominate someone else in any of the categories

 

Event Innovation of the Year Award - Awarded for the provision of a new product,

service or concept that will help the industry to solve problems and go forward safely and profitably.

 

The Friendly Event Award- An award to recognise whose event has been friendliest

to the environment, the community or to those who have different or special needs; or for the event that has benefitted a good cause or charity.

 

Outdoor Green Space of the Year Award - Awarded for the most positive contribution that can be played by outdoor venues, through the creation of facilities and the support provided to event to event organisers, and keeping the visitors secure and safe.

 

Small Event of the Year Award - An award that gives recognition to the good work

done by event organisers staging smaller events. Audience attendance of under 2000 person or with a local community focus.

 

Production Partnership Year Award - An award to those who have demonstrated

excellence in partnership working between individuals and companies in the delivery of an exceptional event. Two partners are to be nominated for this award.

 

Best Practice Award- Awarded to the best overall promoter or event organiser who

fulfil criteria for managing well organised, safe events satisfactorily, through their professionalism and overall knowledge or the requirements of the Industry.

 

Event Organiser of the Year Award - Open to the individuals, companies and local

authorities who provide first class facilities and visitor satisfaction at their events.

 

Event of the Year Award- Gives recognition of those events who have achieved the highest level of excellence or have made a major contribution to the professionalism of the Industry.

 

 

Event Supplier of the Year- Open to individuals and companies who supply first class products/equipment/entertainment etc to those within the Events Industry.

 

The NOEA Scotland tribute award- Gives recognition to those events that have achieved the highest level of excellence or have made a major contribution to the professionalism of the Industry in Scotland.

 

NOEA Awards Nomination Form

 

How to enter

Applicants should fill in the Award Nomination form with a short explanation outlining what the business or individual has done to achieve in the category, including supporting evidence of its success.  Please make sure you include supporting material such as product literature, photographs etc. as well as your own contact details.

You can enter your own business or nominate someone else in any of the categories

 

In each category the judges will be looking for evidence of success and innovation as well as the commercial viability of products and services with the aim of finding those who show genuine leadership in their sector.

Independent Judges are selected from the industry and will shortlist three candidates and the winner will be announced at the Awards Ceremony.

 

Please return application to:

Susan Tanner NOEA PO Box 4495, Wells. BA5 3DS or email secretary@noea.org.uk

 

 

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Deadline for Entries 22ndNovember 2013

Shortlist Announced December 2013

Awards Ceremony Thursday March 27th 2014

 

 

 




EVENTIA ACHIEVES BREAKTHROUGH AGREEMENT ON TOMS

   

 

Eventia Regulation Committee has achieved a significant breakthrough agreement with HMRC on VAT accounting for events. Until now, agencies managing events involving any element of TOMS accounting meant that the agency had to pay VAT on the full amount of the non-travel part, yet even VAT registered clients were unable to recover the VAT. This has created an unfairness and anomaly compared with VAT accounting in other parts of the EU, putting UK agencies at a competitive disadvantage.

Negotiations over 18 months with HMRC have enabled Eventia to announce that forthwith, it will be possible for agencies to issue VAT invoices on the "non TOMS" element (known as "In-house supplies") of an event. This overturns many years of HMRC practice.

Commenting on the agreement with HMRC, Eventia Regulation Committee Chairman Brian Kirsch said

"We are delighted to have reached this milestone agreement with HMRC. It sounds very dull and technical, but this change will be of immediate benefit to agencies wanting to compete in the European market, and who want to account for VAT correctly. I am grateful to those agencies who have worked with the Committee, and in particular to the David Bennett of Saffery Champness for his expert input."

Eventia Regulation Committee continues to work with HMRC on other TOMS issues, including whether minor "TOMS elements" in an event can be disregarded, and more fundamentally whether B2B transactions should be in TOMS at all. There may be further developments this week as the ECJ Judgment on TOMS is expected by Friday.





Elections to Council

At the Scottish regional conference and AGM on November 26th there will be elections for places on the NOEA main Council. Would you like to be elected to NOEA Main Council ? Council members are made up of a wide variety of members representing all aspects of the event industry and if you feel you can contribute to this voluntary role and make a difference contact Susan for details of how to nominate a candidate or put yourself forward.

The following Council members have completed their two year post and are up for re election
 
Richard Limb.- Capita Symonds
 
Jan Booth - Sunbaba
 
Robert Corp - Cardiff Council
 
Andy Grove - Basingstoke Council
 
Alan Pope – 1stClass Entertainment
 
Terry Waller – ARC International Event Insurance Specialist
 
Richard Harmer – Event Power Services
 
John Burgess – Stage Electrics
 
 
 
Nominations need to be in by 5 pm Friday 25th October




NOEA 2013 Award winners revealed

 

NOEA Awards 2013 Winners - Congratulations to all of our winners

 

Event Innovation of the Year - Speedy Event Services

The Friendly Event - Jane Tomlinson- Junior and mini Runs
Small Event of The Year - Highfield- White tie and Diamonds

Production Partnership of the Year - Conwy County Borough Council & The Orchard Media Events Group Ltd- Access All Eirias

Best Practice Award - She's Gott It!

Event Organiser of the Year - Conwy County Borough Council

Event of The Year - She's Gott it!- Edinburgh Christmas Market

Event Supplier of the Year - Ryan's Cleaning

NOEA Scotland Award - Aberdeen City Council

The NOEA Award for exceptional Customer Service - Relevent Ltd

The Judges Award - Watermills

The Presidents Award - Lord Sebastian Coe
 

 




Lord Sebastian Coe ‘honoured to receive’ National Outdoor Event Association President’s Award

The National Outdoor Event Association (NOEA) will recognise Lord Sebastian Coe at its prestigious Industry Awards next week when the association pays tribute and thanks to companies and individuals who have excelled in their contribution to the multi billion pound outdoor events market.
 
 
The most prestigious accolade is the President's Award, a life time achievement award recognising outstanding contribution to the industry and given to an individual who has made a huge difference to the Events world. Previous winners have included Melvin Benn, Michael Eavis and Harvey Goldsmith. London Lord Sebastian Coe was presented with the NOEA Presidents Award at a ceremony in London, by NOEA President, Richard Limb, ahead of the official awards on 7th March 13.
 
Lord Coe said: "I am extremely pleased to accept the NOEA President's Award and feel honoured to have been chosen. I would like to thank the NOEA and my whole team at LOCOG. This last year has shown that the UK has the talent, facilities, expertise and flair to host world class events and I hope that the London 2012 legacy will continue to inspire and motivate the next generation of Events professionals as we enter what will be an extraordinary decade for sports events.”
 
Richard Limb, also a Director of Capita Symonds said "It is a privilege of the President to choose the recipient of the award each year and there is much debate before a decision is made. There can be no more fitting tribute to a man who has led the country to get behind the Olympics and Paralympics in 2012. This enthusiasm and commitment to showcasing how great Britain is at putting on large scale creative events means that this year's NOEA President's award goes to Lord Coe who believed Britain could be the best.”
 
Richard Limb also presented Lord Coe with a certificate for life time honorary membership of NOEA.




Announcing the death of Tony Speller,

I got to know Tony Speller from around 1988 when he was the MP for North Devon and represented the UK Catering Trade at Westminster on various committees.

 

In 1990 I was invited to become a Consultant for NOEA in order to promote its membership and activities. At that time there were some 40 members and NOEA had been approached to support an events exhibition now known as the The Event Production Show in London. From what I remember, NOEA really did not have the resources to take it onboard. However, the organisers were keen to do something about it and things developed quickly from there - from various quarters it was rumoured that NOEA was on the brink of shutting down.

 

Cutting a long story short, some of the NOEA Members including myself were extremely angry to hear this news and we identified a very strong passion for the survival of the Association. AND so I contacted Tony Speller for help! He agreed immediately to sponsor "A Special NOEA Re-launch Conference” at the House of Commons and within about 4 weeks he and NOEA had arranged for nearly a hundred people to attend from Government Departments, Parliamentary Representatives, Trade Association Representatives, Health & Safety Executive, British Standards, NOEA Members and many others!  AND AS THEY SAY "THE REST IS HISTORY!”

 

In recognition and appreciation of Tony’s tremendous support and effort, the Association appointed him as Honorary President and for the next six years he kept closely in touch with us and saw NOEA grow from 40 members to over 200 along with the introduction of many new initiatives.

 

In the 2nd edition of the NOEA Yearbook (1996) he wrote his final message as Hon President (he said we must all move on!) as follows:- "Millennium may mean 1000 years, but to me it has always meant ‘1000 chances’ to succeed. The Opportunities for the Outdoor Events will never be better in our lifetime – literally, unless there is a young Methusaish out there selling life long Goods and Services….Be like Methusaiah – think long term!         A Happy and Successful 1996, 97, 98 and so on ad infinitum.” 

He was voted into parliament in 1979 as the Conservative Member of Parliament for North Devon after defeating Liberal Democract leader Jeremy Thorpe. He held the seat until he lost to Liberal Democrat Nick Harvey in 1992. (By just 600 votes when both candidates were edging on 30,000 votes each).

We send our deepest sympathy to Tony’s family in these sad times.

John Barton – Former General Secretary, NOEA (1990 – 2010)

25th February 2013

 

There is more information by clicking below.

 

Tony Speller receiving congratulations from Margaret Thatcher upon his successful election as MP for North Devon

 

 

What the papers say

 

http://www.thisisdevon.co.uk/Tony-Speller-North-Devon-MP-dies-aged-83/story-18209847-detail/story.html#axzz2LpSPEPzx

 

 





Live Experience Expo

Only a couple of slots left on the NOEA pavilion at Live Experience Expo.  Thanks to the success of it last year, the NOEA pavilion at Live Experience Expo has increased in size and we now only have a couple of spaces left.  Currently we have the likes of Capita Symonds, TPA Portable Roadway, Pop-up Power Supplies, Watermills, Richards Event Supplies, MJ Events Support, Paramedico and 2CL Communications featured on the pavilion and for as little as £800 you can join them.  Don’t forget that each exhibitor gets free access to "Connect” the exhibitions free online meeting service as part of the package! For more details contact Katie Round on 020 7921 8615 or at katie.round@ubm.com





BBC looking for companies for documentary

 

 

DO YOU OWN YOUR OWN COMPANY?

 

 

ARE YOU A STRUGGLING BUSINESS?

 

 

ARE YOU WORRIED ABOUT THE FUTURE?

 

 

 

WOULD YOU BENEFIT FROM SOME ADVICE?

 

 

BBC Worldwide are making a documentary series about small and medium sized businesses in the UK.

 

If you run a company of ten to a hundred staff, we’d love to hear your story!

 

Please contact us on

 

business@outlineproductions.co.uk

 

 





Blinking Hell!

The Campaign to stop the use of Hazard Lights on Event Sites

HAZOFF is a campaign to stop the use of vehicle hazard lights on event sites. For years drivers have been told to turn their hazard lights on when entering event sites which means that they cannot indicate which way they intend to turn when driving on site. Hazard lights can also look like a turn signal if only one light can be seen which can lead to confusion or worse. And they are often left on when a vehicle leaves the site. "At hundreds of sites  hazard lights flash pointlessly as vehicles approach traffic marshals who then have to ask the driver which way they want to turn.” says event safety advisor, Paul ‘PJ’ Jones.  "Where there are no traffic marshals this can create a dangerous free for all. Even when they are not asked to turn their hazards on, many drivers do it out of habit.”

The use of hazard lights on moving vehicles is contrary to the guidance in the Highway Code and the requirements of the Road Vehicles Lighting Regulations 1989. Over the last ten years sporadic and uncoordinated attempts have been made to stop this practise. Several companies and event organisers  have incorporated it in their formal methods, but not enough to make a significant difference.  HAZOFF aims to put an end to this practise by enlisting the support of event industry professionals to include HAZOFF in their event planning and actively promoting it in 2013.

HAZOFF already has the backing of the Production Services Association (PSA) and a number of leading event production, safety and security companies including Live Nation, Festival Republic, The Event Safety Shop Capita Symonds, Specialzed Security, AP Security and Stuart Leisure Security as well as many event suppliers and individuals working in the industry who have signed up on the web site at www.hazardsoff.org.uk.

The immediate aim is to raise awareness and encourage event industry organisations to include the HAZOFF  message  in their safety management plans. Especially important are the security industry. As the first contact many drivers have with an event, security staff are in an ideal position to spread the word. Security companies will be asked to include the HAZOFF message in their training programmes and at on-site briefings to all staff. The longer  term objective is to change official guidance, change event organisers’ formal methods and eventually change the mind set of individuals. To this end the campaign is gathering evidence of a consensus among event professionals that hazard lights on site are counterproductive and can be dangerous.

The HAZOFF campaign is looking for a sponsor to help promote the campaign. "We are looking for a modest sponsorship to cover the costs of running the web site and to produce posters and stickers to display at site entrances and in vehicles.” says PJ, "The key is getting the message to event organisers and the security industry over the winter. It would be an advantage to have some publicity material ready to go when the

 

season starts next spring.” Meanwhile there are a number of signs and stickers which can be downloaded from the campaign’s website to be displayed around event sites.

It only takes a minute to show your support. Event professionals from all areas of the industry are invited to visit the HazardsOFFweb site (www.hazardsoff.org.uk) and sign up to the campaign. Support is sought from everyone involved in event management including promoters, suppliers of technical equipment and event services, freelancers, security and crewing companies, local authorities and emergency services. Together, we can make hazard lights history.

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Editors:

For more information visit the Information page(http://www.hazardsoff.org.uk/information.html).  

For HAZ OFF campaign logos visit the Posters page(http://www.hazardsoff.org.uk/posters.html)

Email: press@hazardsoff.org.uk

Phone PJ: 0207 193 7080

 





Annual Elections

At the regional conference and AGM on November 22nd there will be elections for places on the NOEA main Council. Would you like to be elected to NOEA Main Council ? Council members are made up of a wide variety of members representing all aspects of the event industry and if you feel you can contribute to this voluntary role and make a difference please fill in the form or contact Susan for details of how to nominate a candidate or put yourself forward
 
Nominations need to be in by Friday 26th October
 




Hugh Robertson took his first oral questions on tourism in the House yesterday. The questions, predictably, focused on the departure of John Penrose. .

The questions, predictably, focused on the departure of John Penrose. The answers were predictable too.
 
Tourism

Tristram Hunt (Stoke-on-Trent Central) (Lab): What recent estimate she has made of the financial contribution of the heritage sector to the tourism industry. [120634]

The Minister of State, Department for Culture, Media and Sport (Hugh Robertson): Heritage tourism in the United Kingdom accounts for £4.3 billion in gross domestic product, rising to £7.4 billion if heritage green spaces are included. The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games and torch relay have provided a major opportunity to highlight our heritage assets.

Tristram Hunt: Given that, only a Government of such awesome incompetence as this one could follow up the Olympics, when the eyes of the world were on Britain, by abolishing the post of Minister for tourism and heritage. We know that the Tory party did not like Danny Boyle’s wonderfully progressive vision of British history, but did it really have to seek revenge by scrapping the post? Why will the Government not support our national heritage and tourism industry, rather than abandon it?

Hugh Robertson: That is the silliest question I have heard in two and half years. Let me make it absolutely clear that I loved the opening ceremony and that, far from the tourism Minister being abolished, he is standing before you.

Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire) (Con): Does the Minister agree that the £122 million that the Government are about to spend on the so-called GREAT campaign, celebrating all that is great about Great Britain—including, in my case, the great adventurers and great climbers, which will launch in October—is extremely good value for money? How much does he expect the country to benefit from that £122 million investment in inward tourism, and how does he intend to monitor the return?

Hugh Robertson: We have used the GREAT campaign to try to drive incoming tourism into this country. The initial signs are that it has been a great success and that people are waking up once more to the delights of holidaying in this country. We are in consultation to ensure that the process rolls on, with further additions to the GREAT campaign.

Ms Margaret Ritchie (South Down) (SDLP): Is the Minister aware that the Environment Minister in Northern Ireland recently commissioned an expert study that showed that heritage contributed substantially to the Northern Ireland economy? Does he agree that we must not only protect but invest in our heritage sector?

Hugh Robertson: The answer to that has to be yes.

Stephen Mosley (City of Chester) (Con): I totally agree with the Minister’s previous answer. Will he join me in congratulating my local council, Cheshire West and Chester, on its massive investment in renovating Chester’s Roman city walls, reversing years of neglect?

Hugh Robertson: Absolutely. The great thing about the torch relay was that it gave many places the opportunity to put their tourism assets on display, and I am absolutely delighted that my hon. Friend’s local council is acting in such a fashion.

Dan Jarvis (Barnsley Central) (Lab): There is no doubt that London 2012 has been a fantastic achievement, demonstrating Britain’s unique character. Despite that success, there has been significant concern, especially outside London, that visitor numbers were below those that were predicted. Given that concern, given the Government’s recent commitment to increase the number of overseas visitors from 30 million today to 40 million by 2020 and given that at a time when they should be capitalising on the Olympic tourism legacy they have chosen, as my hon. Friend the Member for Stoke-on-Trent Central (Tristram Hunt) rightly mentioned, to cut the ministerial post focused on tourism and heritage, will the Minister explain how he will guarantee that every region benefits from UK tourism?

Hugh Robertson: This has to be one of the silliest points made for a very long time. We had a thoroughly excellent Minister, my hon. Friend the Member for Weston-super-Mare (John Penrose), who covered tourism, heritage and gambling. We now have a Minister who covers sport, tourism and gambling. I cannot remotely see that that is in any way a downgrade. There were three responsibilities before and there are three now - the maths are very simple.





Business Visits & Events Need to be Part of Olympic Legacy Plans

23 August 2012, UK: Whilst welcoming Secretary of State, Jeremy Hunt’s acknowledgement of how the biggest event ever staged in Britain has demonstrated Britain’s brilliance in staging world class events, Michael Hirst, Chair of the Business Visits & Events Partnership, believes there could be a missed opportunity in recognising how the success of business events held during the Olympics can become a major part of the Games legacy.

 

In his keynote tourism speech last week, Hunt announced £8m of funding for a marketing campaign targeting Chinese visitors and  £2m to boost domestic tourism. New targets were set for overseas visitors to rise from 30 million today to 40 million by 2020. The number of Chinese visitors would be trebled to a target of 500,000 by 2015 with the promise that more work would be done to overcome the visa regime and aviation capacity which currently impede these targets.

 

"The business events community will welcome this additional support to bring more visitors to Britain, especially if some of it is targeted toward business visitors and event attendees,” Hirst commented. "However it is not clear how much of the funding will be allocated specifically to promoting business visits and events.”

 

He continued, "Clearly the "GREAT” campaign is designed to focus primarily on Britain’s trade potential and events are included in this programme. However the extra marketing funds going to VisitBritain are unlikely to be allocated to promote business visits as VisitBritain regrettably no longer has a remit for this lucrative tourism sector”

 

He added that, "The intention was for the industry to work up a closer relationship with UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) to ensure that the potential of business events to grow the economy, especially in key priority sectors, was fully realised. To that end through the offices of Lord Green, Minister of State for Trade & Industry at the Department of Business, the Partnership has arranged a meeting with Nick Baird, Chief Executive of UKTI for next month to discuss how best to ensure the potential of the sector to boost tourism and trade was realised.”

  

"The Games have clearly demonstrated both the economic and social impacts of major events at a national and local level and their power in selling our national tourism product. Our industry remains one of the clear beneficiaries of the Games through conferences and exhibitions and local community events held during the Olympics and those being attracted in the future because of it,” concluded Hirst. "Ministers with tourism and business interests need to underline the role this particular sector has played and will continue to play in showing off Britain as a successful destination to hold international meetings, conferences and trade fairs and prestigious cultural events and festivals.”

 

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For further information please contact;

Alistair Turner at Davies Tanner

T: 01892 617 904 M. 07801 710 238 E: alistair.turner@daviestanner.co.uk

 

 





Prime Minister urged to do more to support business events in Britain

 As the Government embarks today on  a series of high level business summits to encourage more trade and investment in Britain, the UK Events industry is calling upon the Prime Minister and other Ministers to do more to help attract international business events and world conferences to Britain, and support the use of meetings, conferences and exhibitions to promote research and scientific development, trade and exports.

In a letter to David Cameron, The Business Visits & Event Partnership, which represents the leading players in the business events sector says there is estimated to be a £500 million boost to business events from the London Olympics and Paralympic Games, as an additional 20% in expenditure is derived from business and incentive groups visiting the Games, holding meetings and special events and extending their stay around Britain.

In addition, latest research reveals that 20% of existing conference and exhibition venues are being upgraded or extended with £1 billion being spent on improvements.

Michael Hirst, Chairman of the Business Visits and Events Partnership, says, "Britain’s Events Industry will be a major beneficiary of the London Olympics. Through the creativity of the sector, conferences and trade shows in Britain can proudly present Britain’s business opportunities to the World. By stepping up their involvement in bidding for international events which relate to their Departmental responsibilities, Government Ministers can help facilitate more business events in Britain. These will help promote British goods and services and develop our expertise for medical and scientific research”.

"The Olympic Games shows just how good our event management skills are in staging international events. We must build on these strengths to help our economic recovery”, Hirst concluded.

The letter also draws attention to the inclusion of the Events Sector in the Government’s GREAT promotion and the current "Britain For Events” campaign”, which promotes Britain as a world-class destination for global events and highlights the economic and social benefits of holding events in local destinations.

The Partnership plans a special briefing on the state of the UK events business and its role in the local community to Members of Parliament and municipal leaders, at the House of Commons  on 5th September.

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SUPPORTER UPDATE: issue two

 

Events Industry ‘Backs Britain’ at Launch of Britain for Events

Senior industry professionals backed Britain at the launch of the

Britain for Events 2012/13 campaign on 4

th July 2012. Over 100 events

 

industry professionals attended the launch at IET London: Savoy Place

as well as representatives from government and business including

UK Sport, the Tourism Alliance,

DCMS and UK Border Agency.

Michael Hirst, Chair of the Business

Visits & Events Partnership

launched the campaign with the

messages Britain for Events is

carrying to media, business and

government audiences. He also

unveiled the ‘Events are GREAT

Britain’ creative for the first time in

the UK.

The event also saw an engaging

panel discussion featuring Fay

Sharpe, Managing Director, Zibrant;

Katie Resnick, Head of Events &

Hospitality, ITV; Jonny Sullens,

Event Director, International

Confex; and Alex Mitchell, Head of

Events, IET, each backing Britain for

2012/13.

New Britain for Events website goes live

The new campaign website,

www.britainforevents.co.uk, is now live.

 

Our aim is for this to be an interactive tool for the campaign

containing all the latest industry insights, news, events and special

offers.

Help us keep it as up-to-date as possible by sending us your

news and

 

special offers.

We’d also like you to brand the events you are holding

 

as

official ‘Britain for Events’ events. Just let us know the details of

 

your events so we can add them to the website and send you the

official logo for you to carry on your marketing collateral. We’re also

on the hunt for more headline images, so please do send us anything

you have which may be appropriate. Our aim is to capture the essence

and excitement of holding an event in Britain.

‘Events are Great Britain’

The ‘Events are GREAT Britain’ creative

is for you, the Britain for Events

partners and supporters, to use to

promote Britain to your international

audience. Simply email

info@britainforevents.co.uk

letting us

 

know how you would like to use it,

where you plan to feature it and what

format and size you will need the

artwork in. We will then liaise with

No.10 on your behalf.

Save the date ...

As part of the campaign, the Business Visits & Events Partnership

(BVEP) is hosting an exclusive government afternoon tea and briefing

in the Members Dining Room at the House of Commons on

5

th September 2012 from 4.30 – 6.00pm.

 

Sponsored by Nick de Bois MP, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary

Group for Events, it is exclusively for one representative from each of

the Britain for Events partners and supporters plus members of the

BVEP. Invitations will be issued shortly but please save the date.

Finally ... the 20-12 facts about events in Britain

In conjunction with IET Venues, we have put together a piece of

literature which outlines 20 reasons why business should support the

industry and the 12 opportunities for growth for the industry. We’d

like you to distribute it widely among buyers; it is hosted on

www.britainforevents.co.uk

or if you would prefer a batch of the

 

printed version, please let us know.

Contact us:

01892 619100

info@britainforevents.co.uk

www.britainforevents.co.u





New Tourism Alliance Chairman launches strategy

 

Michael Hirst OBE has been elected as the new Chairman of the Tourism Alliance, the tourism industry’s umbrella body, representing over fifty organisations. He succeeds Brigid Simmonds OBE, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association.

 

                  Michael Hirst is Chairman of the Business Visits & Events Partnership and a former Chairman and Chief Executive of Hilton international. His career spans the broad range of tourism activities, including holiday and leisure centres, restaurants, pubs, and attractions.

 

                  In taking on the position he said that "the Alliance’s role must be to maintain the momentum for tourism created by the Olympics and the Jubilee celebrations and ensure that Government support continues so that the tourism legacy can be maximised."

 

                  "The Alliance’s new three year strategy identifies five core issues that affect the international competitiveness of the UK tourism industry that the Government must address if the tourism legacy of hosting the Olympics is to be realised. These issues are:

reducing regulatory burden, facilitating visa applications, providing adequate aviation capacity, reducing VAT and reviewing Air Passenger Duty. "

 

                  Resolving these key issues will put the tourism industry in its rightful place as a main-steam growth sector of the UK economy, generating jobs, skills, exports and investment, as well as being a leading contributor to the fortunes of local businesses, the Nation’s image and community well-being.

 

                  "Over the last ten years the Alliance has created the one voice for tourism so desperately needed by such a diverse but vitally important economic sector. Stressing tourism’s pivotal role in the Country’s growth agenda and highlighting its economic and social relevance to policymakers and the general public is a task that all members of the Alliance are committed to doing”.

 



UK Events Industry boosted by a£500m Olympic Legacy

 

Senior level executives are meeting this week to ensure the anticipated £500 million windfall the UK events industry is expecting as a result of the Olympic celebrations is realised.

 

Executives will meet as part of the Britain for Events campaign, launching this week with the aim of attracting major events to the UK, from sporting competitions, cultural festivals, to business and industry specific conferences and exhibitions.

 

The remit of the campaign is to increase the UK market’s competitiveness and attract other major events on the back of the advances in venues and infrastructure built for The Games and other locations across Britain.

 

"As an industry we are the major beneficiary of The Games and are intent on creating a stong legacy by promoting more major events to be held in Britain,” comments Michael Hirst OBE, Chairman of the Business Visits and Events Partnership. "The Olympics, and Diamond Jubilee celebrations have created the perfect advert for Britain's events businesses. Our aim is to ensure more major sporting, cultural and business events are staged here after 2012. They will bring with them hundreds of thousands of event tourists, create jobs and add to the £36 billion contribution the sector already makes .”

 

The Olympics and Paralympic Games are estimated to be worth some £2.3 billion to UK tourism and are expected to generate an additional 20% of expenditure from business and incentive groups visiting The Games, holding meetings and special events and extending their stay around Britain

 

More than a fifth of the tourism benefit from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games will come from additional business visits expenditure, equivalent to over £500m

 

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Confex, Zibrant and ITV Headline Britain for Events Launch

The Britain for Events campaign 2012/13 launches officially this week, 4th July with an event comprising of a panel discussion on where the industry stands in 2012 and the message to business and government to support the industry’s growth.

 

Michael Hirst, Chair of the Business Visits & Events Partnership will brief delegates on the campaign’s aspirations and activity for the year ahead before Fay Sharpe, Managing Director, Zibrant, Katie Rezniak, Head of Events & Hospitality, ITV, Jonny Sullens, Group Director, International Confex, and Tim Hamer IET Director of Knowledge, discuss the opportunities for the industry.

 

Representatives from government including DCMS, UK Sport and UKTI will join over100 industry professionals at IET: Savoy Place.

 

"Britain for Events is more ambitious than ever and we’re looking to continue our mission to encourage business to use events to spread awareness, share knowledge and create memorable experiences; and to do so in Britain,” comments Michael Hirst, campaign spokesperson and Chair of the Business Visits & Events Partnership (BVEP). "With the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and the London Olympics and Paralympic, Britain expertise in staging the very best is on show across the world. Now is the time to build on this success."

 

A Best of British menu has been provided by IET London: Savoy Place to give delegates a taste of the best of UK event catering before the presentation and in networking afterwards.

 

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www.britainforevents.co.uk

info@britainforevents.co.uk

 




Climate Week - launches on 12 March

 
 
 
If you are running activities for Climate Week,  register them on the online map. This takes just two minutes and will grow the movement for change, by inspiring many others in your area to run their own activities. It will also help you gain recognition for your work.

Register by going to www.climateweek.com/run-an-event/register-an-event/.

Climate Week 2011 was Britain’s biggest ever environmental occasion, with over 3,000 events. We hope that Climate Week 2012 will have an even greater impact.






Organisers warned against 'unregulated' ambulance services

 

 

The campaign follows an approach to Susan Tanner, Secretary of the NOEA by David Davis, Director of Communications of the Independent Ambulance Association, which represents

privately services registered by the Government's statutory regulator, the Care Quality Commission.

 

Davis said that several IAA members had reported instances of event organisers, not necessarily NOEA members, awarding contracts to ambulance services which were not registered by the CQC and were therefore not allowed to trade.

 

The NOEA, established in 1979, is the only trade association specialising in the outdoor events industry. It is 500 members covering local authorities, fesival and event organisers, universities/students, entertainment agencies, promoters, venues and suppiers of equipment and servies, together with practitioners generally in the world of outdoor events.

 

In addition to publishing the warning its website the NOEA has agreed to investigate complaints of this nature gainst any of its members.

 

Davis said the IAA would also be taking up the matter with the CQC and he added: "We welcome the collabortion by the NOEA to advise their members of the regulations which are there to safeguard the public by ensuring tht qualified ablance crews and properly equipped ambulances are on hand in the event of accidents or illness."

 

 Richard Limb, President of NOEA said “ It is important that in the outdoor event industry that suppliers and organisers operate by the highest standards.This is important to NOEA members who all advocate professionalism and compliance in the industry.”  

 





Government and Industry Partner to Support Britain for Events

Nick de Bois MP, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Events, and Kevin Murphy, CEO ExCeL London, outlined their collective support of the Britain for Events campaign and the opportunity the industry has to grow its impact on the UK economy. Speaking at the campaign launch last night, de Bois also underlined how industry and government could work in partnership to benefit UK events.

 

Murphy also outlined how more government support could contribute to greater growth in the UK events market, citing: increased ministerial support for major bid events, hosting visiting delegations and bid committees, offering welcome receptions within government and state buildings for major international events, simplification of the visa process for international delegates, and public support for the Britain as the World’s event destination.

 

“Every organisation that chooses to bring its event to the UK delivers an average economic impact of £15 million for its local economy, meaning just 10 more events held in this country would generate £150 million,” commented Murphy. “That would pay for 7,000 nurses in our hospitals, 6,000 more teachers in our schools or 5,000 more police officers on our streets.”

 

Nick de Bois, underlined how government could work in partnership with the events industry, including fiscal measures to tackle Tour Operator Margin Schemes (TOMS) and the reintroduction of investment allowance. He also called on fellow ministers to aid organising committees of major events.

 

de Bois commented, “The events industry matters to government, it creates showcase opportunities for Britain and attracts visitors to these shores from around the globe. The events industry is rising up the government agenda thanks to campaigns like Britain for Events, which give a united voice from the UK events industry.”

 

Over 100 delegates attended the much anticipated launch event at The Deck, National Theatre, including government and industry representatives. The Britain for Events campaign will run until March 2012, concluding with its focal week at International Confex 6-8th March 2012.

 

 





‘Event Tourism Firmly on Government Agenda’

Momentum continues to gather for this year’s Britain for Events campaign. Following its launch last month, the UK events industry has already secured major wins this week (w/c 2.11.11) from senior government representatives.

 

Following official endorsement of the campaign from Prime Minister David Cameron, Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport, spoke at the opening of World Travel Market this week on next year’s “World Tourism Summit coming together to discuss the power of events" and "new ways of looking at event tourism in the future".

 

These statements continue momentum for the UK’s vibrant events industry and follow endorsement for the Britain for Events campaign from John Penrose MP, Minister of Tourism and Nick de Bois MP, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Events (APPG). Furthermore, there will be an increased injection of resource for the industry with business tourism identified as one of the areas that will benefit from VisitEngland’s successful bid for £19.8 million Regional Growth Fund announced earlier this month.

 

“Event tourism is now firmly on the government agenda,” comments Michael Hirst, Chair of the Business Visits & Events Partnership and campaign coordinator for Britain for Events. “It is fitting that these developments have all taken place in the lead up to, and during one of the UKs seminal tourism events and goes to demonstrate the growing role both business and leisure events play in the UK tourism.”

 

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www.britainforevents.co.uk

info@britainforevents.co.uk

 





Britain For Events

We've updated the campaign website to make it easy for you, your clients and your membership to submit events to the campaign. We're looking to encourage as many individual events, no matter how big or small to carry the Britain for Events brand and spread the campaign further with the added benefit of additional endorsement for each event. On the bottom of the website you will see a button 'submit an event' which will guide you through a few steps to get the event on site – following approval from the campaign.

 

We're also looking to give visitors to the site as many special offers and incentives as possible so have also added a 'submit an offer' button so these promotions can be quickly put on the site. 

 

Britain for Events

www.britainforevents.co.uk

 

 





Election Results

At the AGM on Thursday 24th November, when the role of  President was contested by Jan Booth the result  was that Richard Limb was re- elected as President of NOEA.
 
Jan Booth was re elected as Vice President.
 
NOEA welcomes John Burgess - Stage Electrics adn Richard Harmer Event Power Services to the Council with grateful thanks to Conor Moss, Derby University and Dean Parker, Wilde Ones International Events for their hard work in the past.
 
The following Council members were re- elected.
Rob Corp - Cardiff Council
Andy Grove-  Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council
Terry Waller - Arc International
Alan Pope - 1st Class Entertainment Agency
 

At the January Council meeting it was agreed to release the actual figures for the recent Council elections after requests by members.

Please note that not everyone who voted did so in all three categories or used all their votes in the main Council election.

Results

 

 

President

Candidate

 

Number of votes

Richard Limb

 

69

Jan Booth

 

27

 

Vice- president

 

Candidate

 

Number of Votes

Jan Booth

 

47

Tom Clements

 

46

 

 

Main Council

 

Candidate

Number of Votes

 

Jan Booth

56

 

John Burgess

65

 

Rob Corp

68

 

Andy Grove

 

69

 

Richard Harmer

61

 

Alan Pope

57

Terry Waller

58

 

 
 




Message From Richard Limb Current NOEA President

Richard has prepared a statement for NOEA members. Jan will also be sending a statement as well.
 
I have been recommended by several NOEA Members to summarise the extent of the commitment, support and activities undertaken in my capacity as President, in support of my desire to continue in this role. I am not used to blowing my own trumpet and don’t feel too comfortable doing this - but here goes.

I’ve been a member of NOEA for over 17 years and at one time approximately 12 years ago found myself both Chairman of The Event Services Association and Vice President of NOEA at the same time. My passion and enthusiasm for NOEA and the world of outdoor events led me to leave TESA and take up the invitation to lead NOEA. A role that I have taken very seriously indeed .My commitment to improving standards within the Industry are well known –Instigator and Chair of first Purple guide, member of Industry Steering group for the second edition and NOEA representative for current rewrite. Pioneer and Inaugural chair of the Events Industry Forum a forum bringing together 30 plus organisations to give the Industry more say and influence.

I regularly speak at the Home Office Emergency Planning College, created and teach the Diploma in Event Safety Management and sit on the Joint Advisory Council for Events, chaired by the HSE .I have trained and examined over 200 Safety Professionals on the Diploma and am proud of my part in raising Industry standards within my own Profession. I regularly speak at conferences both at home and aboard. At all these events I actively promote and represent NOEA. Many new members are found this way. I also represent NOEA at JACE.

I currently spend approximately 60 days a year on NOEA matters and am very fortunate to be supported by my company Capita Symonds to the tune of approximately 35k per year which includes Platinum sponsorship of the Convention and Awards. In addition to the support from my company I am also backed by a very keen and enthusiastic team of Event Management and Safety consultants who deal very efficiently with many member queries addressed to Susan our NOEA General Secretary, free of charge.

I have been involved in many Event publications and Guidance Documents-including ISAN street safety guidance, HSEs Managing Crowds Safely and ILAMs book Events From Start to Finish and produced the first totally Independent Stewarding Training and Assessment scheme for the Industry 10 years ago. Over 6000 stewards have undertaken this training, many for the Cricket Olympics in South Africa.. I am currently using my expertise and contacts to assist NOEA in setting up the National Stewarding Council. I have recently championed and been involved in NOEA Scotland and NOEA Northern Ireland and am currently looking at NOEA Wales.

My passion and experience is dominated by outdoor events and I have worked on some of the world’s largest outdoor events including the Olympics but am equally passionate about assisting and working on the smaller and often more interesting events. I have promoted, produced and been licensee and feel knowledgeable from all sides of an event. I have been Expert Witness for a number of Events on various topics including Manslaughter

I still find time to do crazy things like cycling around the World, across Australia , enjoy cooking, and seriously into wildlife photography. I am currently training to cycle the highest road in the World at 18300 feet. I am driven by passion, enthusiasm and challenges. My achievements have been recognised by many- I am very proud to be a Chartered Fellow of IOSH the highest accolade they award, received Personality of Year award in 2004 from The Event Services Association and more recently received the Event Industry Award in 2009.

I wish to continue using my experience, enthusiasm and passion to further develop NOEA as an Organisation with influence, standing and respect within the Events Industry. I believe my commitment, demeanour, leadership and communication skills and my reputation has and will continue to benefit the growth and aspirations of NOEA. I am privileged to have the support of Capita both in time and financially.

Many years ago I under took a mission, started a journey and would welcome the opportunity to complete this, I hope you feel able to vote for me at these forthcoming elections.

Cheers Richard

CFIOSH, FRSH, CMIEH, DMS, MNOEA





Rebalancing the Licensing Act

The National Outdoor Event Association has some 400 members who are either:-

1. Organisers of Outdoor Events (including Local Authorities)

2. Landowners who allow the use of their land for outdoor events or

3. Suppliers of all the goods and services which are necessary for outdoor events to happen.

In the broadest terms, outdoor events can be categorised as those that are music events (e.g. Glastonbury) and those that are mainly concerned with other non-licensable activities, such as County or Game Shows, Air and Balloon Festivals, Regattas, Food Fairs, Street Markets and the like. Some such events are commercially run and are “for profit,” others are “community events.” However, in the majority of such cases the only licensable activity is the sale of alcohol, either in a “Beer tent” or from a stall selling British wine, cider or even beer!

Some events “cross the boundary” in that they may have a significant music ingredient but are nonetheless nowhere close to falling into the category of an event such as Glastonbury. A typical example of such an event would be a small town carnival.

The principal concern of NOEA is that the entire tenor of the consultation paper appears to be targeted at the impact that pubs and clubs have on town centres. It completely overlooks and indeed ignores the effect that implementation of the proposals would have on the Outdoor Event Industry.

NOEA's responses to the specific issues raised are as follows but those that are of the greatest concern relate to Temporary Event Notices (questions 19 and 20).