Exhibitions: Industry bodies

Events Industry Alliance (EIA) group chief executive Trevor Foley has set up his own management consultancy firm named Event Services Network (ESN.)

The company will aim to contribute revenue to the EIA and follows mixed reactions to Foley's plan to create his own recruitment company (Event, March).

Foley said: "I have worked for ten years to develop and grow the three industry associations - the AEO, AEV and the Event Supplier and Services Association (ESSA) - and create and lead the EIA, which remains my priority. ESN is an outlet for my creative ideas."

ESN's first contract is to help run the International Exhibition Logistics Associates (IELA). EIA PR manager Declan Gane has been brought on board as IELA executive director.

The Marketing Communication Consultants Association celebrated the 18th outing of its Best Awards when it arrived at the Brewery last month.

Among the winners on 4 March were Ignition, which picked up the gong for best communication campaign featuring experiential marketing, and Iris, which picked up the coveted Agency of the Year award.

Gyro International group CEO Gary Brine was unveiled as the association's new chairman on the night.

The Association of Event Venues (AEV) and its sister trade body ESSA, have launched an online resource aimed at communicating guidance on health and safety and operations issues.

The 'Guidance for working at UK exhibitions' initiative is led by ESSA deputy director Chris Skeith and AEV director Tom Treverton, and involved representatives from EC&O Venues, Excel London and the NEC Group.

IMEX and Visit London are among the sponsors of a 3,000-mile bike ride from London to Monaco, in aid of charities that assist in the rehabilitation of stroke victims. Jon Bradshaw, IMEX senior sales manager, will be undertaking the Cycle Europe task, which begins on 19 June and will involve crossing nine countries over 91 days. Other supporters include InterContinental Hotels Group, MCI and Equinox Performance Consultancy.


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