Industry arms unite on forum

Exhibition contractors, venue owners and organisers have joined

forces on an industry-wide forum to promote the interests of all

sectors.



British Exhibition Contractors Association (BECA) president Andrew Manby

announced the move at the organisation's agm at Excel in London last

month.



The industry group comprising BECA, the Exhibition Venues Association

(EVA) and the Association of Exhibition Organisers (AEO) held its first

meeting in April.



'Over the past two years, we have worked to encourage organisers' and

hall owners' representatives to get round the table together to discuss

matters of common interest,' said Manby.



BECA director Joan Turner said: 'It is still an informal forum but we

shall be working with the AEO and EVA to see how we can help them and to

see where we are overlapping. We shall set an agenda of achievable

targets.'



- Olympia event manager Lynn Felton is to replace Turner when she

retires.



Felton was as yet unable to outline her plans for the association. She

joins the organisation in June.




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