By bringing together the best specialists in an area, our working groups examine key issues, make valuable connections, share best practices and suggest improved approaches to build and enhance their specialist areas for the benefit of the whole industry.
Each of our groups provide a focus on areas of critical importance to event venues. They are comprised of a number of individuals who have volunteered to share specialist knowledge and skills freely.
Through regular meetings they examine key issues, make valuable connections, share best practices and suggest practical approaches to develop and improve their specialist disciplines. They are the “go to group” of experts and an invaluable resource when considering specific operational challenges.
As well as running our own venue-specific working groups, we also participate in relevant Cross Association groups with AEO and ESSA members. These combined groups draw from the broader range of talent and expertise across all areas of the event industry.
Kathryn James. Managing Director, The NEC.
Working Groups including Cross Association Groups
The following is a list of the groups members are able to join, with a brief description indicating what is entailed. As well as running venue specific Working Groups, we also participate in relevant groups with members of the Association of Event Organisers (AEO) and the Event Supplier and Services Association (ESSA).
These combined groups draw from the broader range of talent and expertise across all areas of the events sector, giving members a platform to collaborate on initiatives that drive progressive change throughout the industry.
Click on each group to learn more about it, to watch videos from group members and to see a full list of participants.
Focuses on the ever-changing needs and provision of catering and other related topics, including the legal changes facing anyone providing catering services to the event industry.
Finds and communicates ‘common ground’ regarding the application of regulations across UK venues.
Captures and defines member wants and needs within the event management sector. Expresses common issues, aims and practices that are better shared, tackled and discussed as a collective.
Evaluates the latest marketing and communications initiatives being applied in venues and the challenges they face as a community, to share best practice and ideas.
Reviews security issues, traffic management and anti-terrorism operations at venues and stays ahead of related legislation.
Considers general health & safety issues faced by the industry, including CDM, to feed into the eGuide.
Captures and defines member wants and needs within the human resources sector. Expresses common issues, aims and practices that are better shared, tackled and discussed as a collective.
Focuses on the important issues around sustainability and to work together to help reduce the event industry’s impact on the environment.
Analyses current and future technology challenges and opportunities, focusing on finding joined up solutions for the entire industry, improving business performance and customer experience.
*Cross association group run in cooperation with AEO/ESSA.
Working Group Summaries & Photo Gallery
Working Group Summaries
View photographs taken at our various working groups in our gallery. You can also see some from our Conference which took place in Manchester Central on 4th July 2019.