UK Think Tank outlines its advocacy activity for events in 2023

UK Think Tank, The Business of Events (TBOE), has announced an outline of its planned activity for 2023, which, it says, will see an increase in the number of scheduled events and reports as it works towards building a policy agenda ahead of the next UK General Election.

Supporting the work carried out by trade body UKEVENTS, TBOE says it is working to build a stronger UK events sector and help realise its economic potential. The Think Tank’s goal will be pursued by a combination of policy, advocacy, content and engagement, bringing together senior leaders from across the business events sector to discuss ideas and to connect with government, policy makers and influencers, as well as public sector organisations and politicians.

Policy Unit

The Think Tank will launch its Policy Unit by hosting a series of online and in-person roundtable discussions and evidence sessions with sector stakeholder groups.

The unit then envisages publishing a series of reports to be submitted to a newly created Advisory Council for review. The Advisory Council will be made up of a cross section of leading figures from across the UK events sector.

The flagship Policy Forum in the autumn will provide a platform for discussion of initiatives with representatives of the UK’s  All-Party Parliamentary Group for Events, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, UKEVENTS, VisitBritain and other key stakeholders.

The Policy Unit will be divided into five streams:

  • Creative and transactional agency
  • Exhibition and trade shows
  • Professional conference organisers and associations
  • Destinations
  • Venues

The group will meet quarterly to review strategic issues facing the sector and review various internal and external policy initiatives.

TBOE aims to support its advocacy and policy work by producing content across its new engagement platform, designed to demonstrate to government the value of business events.

A series of breakfast briefings is also planned to take place each quarter in which conference and meeting booking trends will be revealed and analysed, and quarterly reports published.

A 2023 edition of the Global Destination Report is also planned.

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The Business of Events is an independent Think Tank run by brand communications agency Davies Tanner.