Government backs National Events Month

Prime Minister David Cameron, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and other government officials have shown their support for the Britain for Events campaign during the inaugural National Events Month.

Deputy PM Nick Clegg with the SECC's Kathleen Warden
Deputy PM Nick Clegg with the SECC's Kathleen Warden

In a letter, Cameron said he wished every success for October’s National Events and committed further support for the industry. He also credited the industry’s "significant contribution to the economy" and added that he was working with Department of Culture, Media & Sport and UK Trade & Investment to support the industry even further.

Earlier this month Kathleen Warden, director of conference sales at Glasgow events venue SECC, met with Clegg to talk briefly about the campaign during the Liberal Democrat’s party conference.

Other government figures to show their support for National Events Month have included Scottish MP Fergus Ewing, minister for energy, enterprise and tourism in Scotland, at the Scottish Tourism Alliance’s annual conference in Stirling, and Edwina Hart, minister for finance and local government in Wales, at the Association of Independent Festival Organisers Congress in Cardiff.

Helen Grant, the UK’s tourism minister, has also confirmed her attendance at the #NEMO Celebration Event at the Museum of London on 27 October.

Alistair Turner, campaign director of Britain for Events, said: "The sheer reach of the campaign this year, both through our extensive social campaign and our hashtag #NEMO, as well as the volume of events that have adopted our branding has attracted some really high-profile support.

"The comments from the Prime Minster are welcome, and we continue to work with his office as well as other government departments to increase the international competitiveness and profile of this great industry." 

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