Birmingham: top events spot for third year in a row

birmingham top events spot for third year in a rowBirmingham has been selected as the top UK events destination outside London for the third year in a row, according to an in-depth study of the views of more than 600 British event organisers by The British Meetings & Events Industry Survey 2011/12 (BMEIS).

Nearly half of organisers, both in the corporate and association sectors, have used Birmingham as a destination for a conference, meeting or business event in the last twelve months, ahead of Manchester, Leeds and Glasgow.

The survey also revealed that many organisations are favouring smaller, shorter and more regional events, with city centre hotels topping the preferred venue type, “value for money” influencing venue selection and social media playing a significant role in event organisation.

Ian Taylor, Commercial Director at Marketing Birmingham, the city’s strategic marketing partnership which operates Birmingham’s business tourism programme Meet Birmingham, said: “This year’s survey findings confirm Birmingham as the UK’s natural meeting place.

Event Production Show research highlights draw of 2012’s municipal events

Queen Elizabeth IIResearch conducted by the Event Production Show indicates spends on municipal events to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee in 2012 could exceed those of 2011’s Royal Wedding.

A celebratory weekend, Saturday 2 June to Tuesday 5 June 2012, of street parties and pageantry will mark The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The special long bank holiday is set to boost UK leisure and tourism spending by a predicted £620m as schools and offices close for the four day break.

This is reflected in the fact that some 22 per cent of attendees registered for the Event Production Show - taking place from Wednesday 1st – Thursday 2nd February 2011 at London Olympia - represent a public body or local authority, compared to 13 per cent in November 2010 ahead of 2011’s show.

Wales aims to build event success

Setting up the Green Man FestivalThe Welsh Government’s Major Events Unit recently hosted leading experts and key decision makers in the international major events industry for the inaugural Event Wales International Conference.

The conference, held at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff, outlined Wales’ vision for becoming a leading destination for hosting major events and discussed the significant opportunities and challenges that face the Wales, broader UK and international events industries.

Conference spotlight on stage safety

conference spotlight on stage safetyShowsec joined a panel of high profile professionals for a lively discussion on festival safety at the UK Festival Conference, 15th November, HMV Institute in London.

Mark Logan, director at Showsec, joined the “Weather – Or Not” debate which explored safety standards following the stage collapse tragedies this summer. The panel was mediated by Andy Lenthall, general manager at Production Services Association, and featured fellow festival industry leaders including Live Nation UK COO John Probyn, Hedwig De Meyer from Stageco and Simon James from The Event Safety Shop.

Mark drew on personal experience, to discuss how thorough contingency plans, site-wide monitoring processes and incorporating external agencies are vital to diminish threats posed by adverse weather events.

14,000 more security staff for London Olympics

14000 additional security staff for london olympicsThe cost of providing security for the London Olympics has risen by £271 million following a decision to recruit and train almost 14,000 more personnel.

The London 2012 organising committee (LOCOG) will now need nearly 24,000 venue security personnel plus specialist security equipment.

According to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) the decision to increase the number of security staff from 10,000 to 23,700 was not in response to "any specific security threat".

Olympics minister Hugh Robertson said that the additional spending would not put the Games over their £9.3 billion budget, because of savings of more than £910 million achieved by the Olympic Delivery Authority since 2007.

HSE Urged to Scrap Cost Recovery Proposals

TESA is objecting to the HSE’s proposals ‘for extending cost recovery’, urging that they should be abandoned on the basis that businesses could be unfairly penalised, particularly in situations where enforcement officers are not skilled in specialist areas.

Under the proposals, the HSE would be given the right to recover all its costs where, in the opinion of an inspector, there is a material breach of health and safety law. With hourly rates quoted at around £133 and the average cost of an inspection £1500, the costs could mount significantly before any formal action is taken.

The proposals would also require businesses to have to bear the cost of any dispute not resolved in their favour – which is likely to put many smaller businesses off pursuing an issue where they feel aggrieved.

The Association suggests that the costs should only be recovered when a case has been investigated, prosecuted and proven to be in breach of the regulations.

Olympic Traffic Details

More details have been published by London 2012 about the access and parking in Olympic areas during next year’s games. You will find the latest information at

This shows additional details for Camden, Merton, Waltham Forest, Wandsworth and Glasgow.

The Olympic Delivery Authority has also released postcode data for impacted areas outside London. These can be found at the following link:

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