The new All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Events met in Parliament for the first time this week, under the chairmanship of James Heappey, MP for Wells.

The group of parliamentarians, made up of members of all parties from both Houses of Parliament, met as part of their Annual General Meeting, which formally established the group as an official APPG in Parliament.

As part of the AGM, the APPG heard representation from various parts of the events sector, including Chris Skeith, CEO of the Association of Event Organisers and Simon Hughes, founder of MCH Associates and immediate past chairman of EVCOM.

The APPG for Events, previously under the stewardship of Nick de Bois, has been credited with the events industry establishing far stronger links across both Parliament and Government, as part of the Britain for Events campaign.

The APPG AGM was followed by the annual parliamentary dinner where senior members of the events sector are due to meet parliamentarians and senior government officials to discuss issues of interest as the sector seeks to grow from its existing £42.3 billion value in 2015 to £48 billion by 2020.

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