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Meeting with Lord Bassam - shadow spokesperson for BEIS and international trade

Meeting with Lord Bassam - shadow spokesperson for BEIS and international trade
Lord Bassam
Driving advocacy, a meeting with Lord Bassam


  • Driving advocacy
  • Recognising industry value
  • Supporting our manifesto

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.

The EIA met with Lord Bassam, shadow spokesperson for BEIS and international trade.  Lord Bassam showed clear recognition of the value of the events industry through his previous links to the Brighton Conference Centre and our industry's ability to drive economic impact for those directly involved in the event themselves, as well as the ability of business events to support local business, tourism and employment.

He was keen to understand what policies a Government could bring forward to help the industry and is eager to understand our manifesto more closely to support any future Labour manifesto development.

Lord Bassam also has a keenness to understand any barriers to trade that exist post Brexit within the industry.

In summary, Lord Bassam agreed to be an advocate of our sector in the House of Lords.

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  • 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