We work in a sector that creates incredible experiences for consumers and businesses. We bring communities together and develop ecosystems that facilitate volume and value to the UK economy. As the AEO, one of our key roles is to raise awareness within government of the huge positive impact our industry has, both within the UK and globally. While the post-Brexit world is difficult to predict, we are preparing for how it may look and the positive contribution we can make. The breadth and depth of our industry touches every part of our economy and places us in a great position to do this.
I believe we are making progress in this space, but there is room for further development; it can be difficult to articulate the strategy in that ever changing environment. We need to clarify how events and exhibitions can help government deliver and drive policies. Our industry also needs to be able to attract and retain the strongest talent to ensure we can deliver on our aspirations, and I’m a passionate believer in continuing to build a culture of inclusion and diversity to raise the profile of the exciting opportunities that exist in our sector.