James Heappey MP to talk ‘Brexit’ at International Confex Europe
James Heappey MP (pictured), chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Events, will contribute to a show-opening discussion on the opportunities of the EU Referendum at International Confex.

The session, entitled ‘A golden opportunity or a road to ruin?’, will feature an expert panel from across the UK MICE sector, moderated by Triggerfish’s Henry Rubinstein.

Panellists Nick Gold, MD of Speakers Corner, Jonathan Read, commercial director of Tobacco Dock, Adam Sternberg, director of Sternberg Clarke and Colin Stanbridge, chief executive of London Chamber of Commerce, will join Heappey in the discussion, addressing how the industry might meet the challenges presented by Brexit.

Confex organiser Mash Media stressed that the sessions will steer away from retrospective analysis and offer qualified predictions of what the socio-economic landscape could look like, and how the event industry can both capitalise on opportunities presented by the vote.

“We’re delighted to be welcoming James back to International Confex, and are really interested in hearing his thoughts on the industry as we enter 2017,” commented Liz Agostini, event director, International Confex. “He has been a big supporter of the show in the past and reflects a growing understanding between the industry and government, it will be interesting to see how this relationship is progressing.”

International Confex, which co-locates with the Event Production Show and office*, takes place on 1-2 March at Olympia London, and will see the biggest global gathering of event professionals in the UK.

Tom Hall

Editor, Exhibition World