UKEVENTS Weekly Update – 25th January 2024 (incl. DCMS request on key contacts in Government Departments)

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DCMS have asked us to identify Officials in government departments with whom UKEVENTS Partners have direct interface on specific issues or on a more general update basis so that, in their role as championing the Events sector, DCMS can better co-ordinate their support.  

Action – We are inviting you to please advise if you have a contact in other government departments with whom you communicate and whether such contacts are on a regular update basis or on an issue by issue basis.

In the update this week, please see below for your information:

Launch of New Research – The UK Conference and Meeting Survey (UKCAMS) 2024: UK conference and meeting venues are being encouraged to take part in the 2024 UKCAMS. Read here.

NCASS News – New NCASS Course and Workshop Supports LPG Safety at Events. Read here.

Forthcoming Event – UKCMA Conference ‘Safer Crowds, Safer Venues’ Conference: 12-13 March 2024, Middlesbrough Town Hall  (conference which EIF is helping to fund). More details here.

EIF Monthly eBulletin – January 2024: Purple Guide | Purple Guide grant Deadline | Festival Research | The Safer Crowds, Safer Venues Conference (See also above) | Music Events – the New Normal. Read here.

TA Weekly Update – 25th January 2024: 47 co-signatories on joint letter to Chancellor on tax-free shopping* | Budget submissions closed | Government moves forward with plans to ban ‘drip pricing’ | ONS data – questions around tourism ratios; dig in more at Tourism Insights Conference | Sadiq Khan comes out strongly for UK-EU Youth Mobility | Two Government consultations. Read here.

*Please note that UKEVENTS was a co-signatory to the letter to the Chancellor on Tax Free shopping and a separate UKEVENTS  submission was made in respect of the 2024 Spring Budget urging the introduction of tax credits for new event productions and supporting increase funding  for VisitBritain’s Business Events Growth Programme.