newsThe UK Prime Minister David Cameron has written a letter to chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Events, Nick de Bois MP, following his correspondence over the launch of the Britain for Events marketing campaign. De Bois (pictured left), who worked in the events industry before entering parliament, outlined a vision of how the events industry and Government could work in partnership to grow the sector during Britain for Events' campaign launch in London. He was joined by Excel CEO Kevin Murphy (pictured right). The MP promised to help lobby government on issues including fiscal measures to tackle concerns connected with the Tour Operator Margin Schemes (TOMS) and the reintroduction of investment allowance. He also called on fellow ministers to aid organising committees. In the letter, Cameron applauded de Bois and the Parliamentary Group for Events for their efforts. "Ensuring that Britain is an attractive place to visit is vital to our tourism industry, and the economy PM signals suPPort for events industryIncreased ministerial support for major bid events, hosting visiting delegations and bid committees, offering welcome receptions in government and state buildings for major international events, simplification of the visa process for international delegates, and public support for Britain as the world's event destination. "Every organisation that chooses to bring its event to the UK delivers an average economic impact of £15m for its local economy, meaning just 10 more events held in this country would generate £150m," said Murphy. He also spoke on London's ambition to become a top 10 city in the ICCA rankings within five years. The capital is currently 14th. The industry had never asked for money from government, Murphy stressed, adding that competitor destinations were "not just outspending us to win business, they are making use of every resource at their disposal: mayors, ministers, presidents and royalty to win events for their country". In return for the UK Government meeting the five demands, Murphy said the industry will deliver stronger events. "I promise we will deliver you a bigger, better and more robust events industry that will create jobs; an industry that will continue to be a true world leader, and an industry that can help rebalance our economy and achieve growth," he said. The Britain for Events initiative will run for six months until March 2012.ocean Media group is put up for saleBarratt also stressed the company's profitability outside of the longstanding debt and its long-term viability. Ocean has faced significant organisational and competitive challenges over the past 12 months, culminating last month in the cancellation of its 50-year-old Boat and Caravan Show in Birmingham and The Outdoor Leisure Show. The organiser attributed the closure to a lack of support from the caravan manufacturing industry, which left several dealers feeling unable to participate in the exhibition. Last year's exhibition attracted 87,000 visitors. Ocean's dramatic step came after National Caravan Council (NCC) re-entered the exhibition organising market with a competitive Motorhome, Caravan and Camping Show at Excel London in the week before Ocean's February 2012 Birmingham event. Although Ocean had initially endeavoured to continue with its own show, the lack of manufacturing support made it unviable. 6 www.exhibitionnews.co.uk"Loyal exhibitors, including a number of caravan dealers and the show's many visitors, will feel sorry that due to a lack of support from one element of the industry, the 2012 show has been cancelled," Barratt said.NCC's Events division ran its first Motorhome and Caravan Show at The NEC in October after assuming control of Clarion's caravan exhibition and tenancy slot. The show reported a record 22,000 year-on-year visitor increase. the biggest challenge, aside from the state of the economy, is people losing a little faith in the uK exhibitions out there- UK Venue Show event director Tanya Cohen discusses the challenges of launching the new exhibition alongside the Event Production Show at London Olympia in 2012. Despite this, she was confident the two shows will give the industry more choice on suppliers and venues.as a whole," the prime minister stated. "The great campaign will promote the UK as one of the very best places to visit, study, work, invest and do business. It aims to deliver a lasting economic legacy for the whole country from the unprecedented level of interest generated by the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games."During the campaign launch, Murphy said the Government could contribute much more to greater growth in the UK events market and cited five ingredients for success: nominations for the 2012 Exhibition News Awards are open now. Don't miss this opportunity to nominate your shows, services and individual superstars for an accolade and see them up in lights at our gala ceremony in Olympia's new west Hall on 29 March 2012. There are 20 categories this year including 10 company and 10 people awards.nominations close on 13 January 2012, so you better get cracking. Full details are available at:exhibitionnews.co.uk/awardsNomiNate Now!?P1AWARDSEXHIBITION29th MARCH 2012OLYMPIA, LONDON
newswww.exhibitionnews.co.uk 7Earls Court plans face legal actionEarls Court and Olympia owner Capital and Counties (CapCo) has played down the risk of delay to Earls Court's redevelopment after legal proceedings were launched against its plans. A 66-year old local resident from West Kensington Estate has commenced legal proceedings against CapCo's exclusivity agreement with London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham (LBHF) for redevelopment of the 77-acre Earls Court Opportunity Area (ECOA). The one-year agreement between CapCo and LBHF was struck on 29 July 2011 and gives both sides exclusivity on discussions to develop the borough's land within the site, which not only includes Earls Court exhibitions centres but also the Gibbs Green and West Kensington residential estates. Ownership of the 77-acre site is split between CapCo, LBHF and Transport for London (TfL) and also incorporates land within the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC). Law firm Leigh Day and Co, which is acting for the man, claims the exclusivity agreement initiates confidential negotiations over the future of the residential estates in place and denies the residents the appropriate public process. The firm also claims it breaches procurement and best value obligations by giving an advantage to CapCo over rival bidders. In its interim management statement dated 8 November, CapCo said negotiations continue with LBHF. "The request for judicial review of the Exclusivity Agreement has no bearing on the planning applications for the ECOA or for Seagrave Road, and is not anticipated to delay the discussions with LBHF or TfL," the company stated. The legal dispute comes as the two London councils involved in Earls Court's redevelopment begin the next round of consultation. RKBC, LBHF and the Mayor of London have again called on the public to comment on the 'Supplementary Planning Document' (SPD) for ECOA. The consultation will last until 23 December and follows initial public consultation in March. Ultimately CapCo, owner of the Earls Court venue, will have to adhere to the framework of the SPD when its controversial application for the site is heard next year. CapCo said it was pleased the boroughs decided to publish and consult on the SPD and awaits the outcome in due course. In BrIEfTube closure is nighTransport for London (TfL) has revealed 9 December will be the last day for the Olympia weekday tube service. A TfL spokeswoman told EN the service cut has been timed with the tube's seasonal timetable adjustment on 11 December. However the London International Horse show, which runs at Olympia from 13 to 19 December, will have a tube service twice an hour running from High street Kensington via earl's Court to Olympia, earls Court and Olympia confirmed. "we have negotiated a special event service that will run mid-week on especially busy event days," the company stated. Parker PromoTedUBM Live has promoted group director simon Parker to MD of UBM Live UK as part of the restructure of its UK businesses. Parker was formerly group director of UBM Live's Venues, Protection and Leisure show and brand portfolio including IFseC, Confex Leisure Industry week and the Facilities show. Under the newly-created role he now also takes responsibility for all brands overseen by colleague and group director of Customer Management and ATC, Mark snell. These range from Air Traffic Controller to Technology for Marketing and Advertising (TFM&A) and the eCommerce and Call Centre expos. snell's new role has not been confirmed. cenTaur TiPs evenTsCentaur has highlighted an improved financial performance off the back of its events business and company restructure in its interim management statement for 1 July to 31 October 2011. Underlying revenue for events was up 23 per cent year-on-year thanks to three key exhibitions, employee Benefits Live, the national Home Improvement show and new humanitarian aid community event Aidex. All performed in line with or ahead of expectations. The company also claims to have secured strong rebookings for each show, while forward bookings across the events portfolio are up 17 per cent. Centaur restructured this year into three key divisions: events, business publishing and business information. reed buys Business Travel MarketReed Travel Exhibitions (RTE) has announced the acquisition of Business Travel Market (BTM), the annual corporate travel conference and exhibition held at Excel London, for an undisclosed sum. Launched in 2009 by Paul Robin, BTM has doubled in size since the first show. The exhibition will sit within the global portfolio of meetings industry shows led by Craig Moyes, group exhibition director. According to Reed, BTM's Hosted Buyer and pre-scheduled appointment system matches the business model for the organiser's 'IBTM' portfolio of business events including EIBTM, which ran in Barcelona from 29 November to 1 December."This acquisition is strategically important to our travel portfolio of events," said Reed Exhibitions MD Richard Mortimore. "We have monitored BTM's progress with interest. We believe we can further consolidate BTM's position in Europe as well as develop its brand in other markets where we already operate. "It is also clear that corporate travel is integrated within the meetings and events sector, especially in emerging markets, and this will allow us to incorporate this knowledge and expertise and provide added value to our shows around the world." BTM event director Paul Robin and his team will continue to run the event from Reed's headquarters in Richmond. "Having established BTM in the face of difficult market conditions and with limited resource, it is as pleasing as it is exciting to look forward to developing BTM as part of the world's largest event organiser," Robin said. "All we ever wanted to do was build an event worthy of this great industry; with Reed's ownership and expertise, we have the opportunity to make that vision a lasting reality." The fourth BTM takes place on 13-14 June 2012.