Trade Bodies

Our industry breeds associations and trade bodies like no other. This page will help you navigate around the sector...

ABPCO membership is open to professional conference organisers, suppliers, associates and destinations within the UK who are able to demonstrate the skills, knowledge and experience required to plan and organise major UK and international conferences.

For over 25 years we have made it our mission to promote professionalism and leadership in the UK Conference and Meetings Industry through advocacy, professional development, industry campaigns and education.

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Trade body serving an established event venue community, focused on creating and driving platforms that service fundamental industry needs.

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Established in 1971, ACE is the broadest membership organisation in the meetings industry. Unique in that it acts as a forum and information centre for members involved in all facets of the sector.

These include corporate companies, sole traders, professional institutions, charities, societies, local authorities, trade associations, educational bodies and individuals. All these members organise events and purchase venues, facilities and services from a comprehensive range of suppliers.

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The trade body representing companies which conceive, create, develop or manage trade and consumer events.

Aims to be the voice of the multi-billion pound event organising industry, to serve the collective needs of event organisers and to promote the interests of members and the industry at large.

AEO membership enables organisers to work with members of its sister organisations, the Event Supplier and Services Association ESSA and the Association of Event Venues AEV.

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Britain for Events is the promotional campaign for the UK events industry. VS BTU is a headline partner.

It is managed by and is the campaigning arm of the BVEP and as such aims to grow, progress and promote the UK events industry, make Britain internationally competitive and to encourage event organisers around the world to buy British.

It acts as secretariat for the first ever All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) Inquiry into the competitiveness of the UK events industry, launched Dec 2013.

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The Business Visits & Events Partnership is an umbrella organisation representing leading trade and professional organisations, government agencies and other significant influencers in the business visits and events/festivals sector.

The BVEP exists to garner the cohesive opinion of these stakeholders and to collectively influence and develop policies, practices and strategies that support and generate growth in the sector and raise sector awareness through clear communications of the social and economic benefits of the business visits and events sector.

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CCE is a UK-wide sales and marketing consortium of specialist venues for meeting, training and business events, at the top end of the meetings sector.

Members are mostly independent providers, and are Quality Assured. Scottish members include Edinburgh First and The Beardmore.

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European Cities Marketing improves the competitiveness and performance of the leading cities of Europe by providing a platform for convention, leisure and city marketing professionals to exchange knowledge, best practice and widen their network to perform even better.

  • Research and advocacy for the Meetings Industry
  • Best practice
  • Free research for members
  • Aberdeen only Scottish member

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Trade body representing the suppliers of goods and services to the events industry.

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EVCOM is a membership body that merges Eventia representing the live event world, and IVCA representing the visual communication sector. EVCOM is comprised of a wide variety of leading professionals, agencies, freelancers, destinations, production companies and suppliers – all working for industry at the highest levels throughout the events and visual communication sector.

The British Association of Conference Destinations (BACD) was subsumed in Eventia from 2009.

It merged with IVCA in 2013.

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HBAs are businesses that specialise in the procurement of accommodation, conference and event facilities and services in the UK and internationally on behalf of clients. The HBAA is the association that supports them and the hotel and venue companies they work with.

Since 1997, the HBAA has been helping both businesses and individuals within them to strive for ever higher professional standards. The HBAA runs a schedule of training, meetings and networking events.

We have agency members, hotel, apartments and venue company members.

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IAPCO is committed to raising standards of service among its members and other sectors of the meetings industry by means of continuing education and interaction with other professionals. IAPCO members are committed to a continuous quality assessment process throughout their membership.

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ICCA is one of the most prominent organisations in the world of international association meetings. Membership represents the main specialists in handling, transporting and accommodating international events. With ICCA members in more than 76 countries around the world, it is the most global organisation within the meetings industry.

The UK and Ireland chapter of ICCA has some 50 members and holds a range of meetings and seminars throughout the year listed on the attached document.

It offers unrivalled data and research plus communication channels, and business development opportunities.

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AIPC - the International Association of Convention Centres - is the industry association for professional convention and exhibition centre managers world wide. AIPC is committed to encouraging and recognizing excellence in convention centre management, while at the same time providing the tools to achieve such high standards through its research, educational and networking programs.

AIPC is a true international organization, with representation from over 54 countries around the world.

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Created by a proactive group of hotel and conference centre operators and booking agent colleagues to make a difference within the sector.

The determination of the association’s leadership during its 22 year history has given the conference, meetings and events industry an accreditation scheme, industry awards, invaluable research and a voice to government.

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MPI—founded in 1972—believes that meeting and event planners serve a critical role in the success of business, and is committed to giving its members the very best in professional development, business opportunities and a vibrant industry community.

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PCMA is the multi-channel professional resource and educator for leaders in the meetings, conventions, events and trade show industries. PCMA provides their 6,000+ members with a community of likeminded colleagues, innovative education and creative global solutions to enhance both their professional development and their organization's face-to-face and virtual connections. Carries out extensive research.

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SITE was founded in 1973 and is the only International, not-for-profit, professional association devoted to the pursuit of excellence in incentives. SITE provides educational seminars and information services to those who design, develop, promote, sell, administer and operate motivational programmes as an incentive to increase productivity in business.

Currently SITE Global has over 2,500 members in 90 countries with 35 local and regional chapters of which Scotland is one. 16 members in Scotland.

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