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Parliamentary meetings


Our work with government.

A significant part of the EIA (AEO, AEV, ESSA) ongoing public affairs work is regularly meeting with a cross section of Government ministers, MPs, Ladies and Lords in our ongoing efforts to drive increased advocacy.

Ensuring the interests of business events in the UK are effectively represented, understood and communicated to Government across our five pillars to unlock the industry's full potential as one of the biggest engines of growth in the economy.

We do this by seeking support to make the UK the world’s meeting place by creating a ‘Business Events UK’ strategic delivery body for the industry, upweighting a ministerial advocacy programme and investing in venue infrastructure as well as increasing BID funding to attract major international business events to to the UK.
In partnership with the Government we want to support international trade strategies that recognise, leverage and support the UK Business Events sector, encouraging inbound investment and outbound trade and incentivising business events.
We believe we can lead the world in sustainable events by creating a sustainable event strategy and best practice for the UK; with an ambition for the UK government to be the global champion for sustainable Business Events in the UK through measures such as a tax incentive framework to support sustainable events.
The EIA aims to boost and protect the skills and talent provision of the industry through the promotion of careers in the sector and encouraging an inclusive, diverse and dynamic workforce and establishing support for the creation of an independent Event Skills Body.

See who we're talking to...


  • The events industry is only as good as the sum of its parts – the EIA represents all parts of our amazing industry. We are members because together we are so much stronger and are therefore so much better placed to deal with both our challenges and the massive opportunities that lie ahead.
    Simon Parker
  • The EIA serves as the quintessential industry forum and working group representing the cornerstones critical to all events; the organiser, the venue and the supply chain providing goods and services to the sector. Whilst it’s always been a valuable alliance for the industry, in these times of post-pandemic economic uncertainty and geo-political challenges, the ability for the industry to convene, confer and communicate as a unified sector is imperative as we seek to grow and have an even greater impact on the UK’s social and economic landscape.
    Shaun Hinds
    Manchester Central
  • The EIA is a great forum for collaboration between three of the major UK business events associations. It’s so important as an industry that we speak with one voice, that we collaborate on the biggest issues that we face and that we build mutual understanding and respect. The EIA provides the opportunity to do all of these things and is a made more powerful by all of our contributions.
    Carina Bauer