Martin Fullard

Blackstone makes confident UK market move with acquisition of Butlin’s parent group

Global private equity investment fund specialist Blackstone has completed its acquisition of Bourne Leisure in a deal reportedly worth £3bn (US$4.12bn). Among Bourne Leisure’s portfolio is the traditional holiday resort chain Butlin’s, which has, in recent years, invested heavily in revamping its conference and event facilities. Funds managed by Blackstone Capital Partners and Blackstone Real Esta...

International Stillbirth Alliance selects Sheffield for 2023 conference

UK city Sheffield has won the bid to host the annual International Stillbirth Alliance Conference. The event will host 300 delegates from a global audience across three days, 30 June – 2 July 2023. Marketing Sheffield’s Conference Team collaborated with experts from Sheffield Children’s Hospital and University of Sheffield agreed to collaborate with them to secure the bid. The International ...

Scotland confirms extra funding for events industry

The Scottish government is to provide further funding for its events industry as part of a new £104.3m package which will be split into nine separate funds, with the events industry being one of the targeted recipients. Scottish businesses operating within the event, travel and hospitality industries can apply, even if they have already drawn on previous funding measures. The funds include a Pivot...

UK One Industry One Voice backs Mental Health First Aider campaign

The UK’s One Industry One Voice industry campaign coalition is getting behind a new drive to promote mental health first aider training across the event industry. Conceived by Music Support, the idea is to provide bursaries for professionals working within the UK Live Event Industry, including the meetings industry, to train as qualified Mental Health First Aiders. The programme is open to a...

UK’s BVEP submits events industry budget request to Treasury

The UK’s Business Visits and Events Partnership (BVEP) has submitted a budget request to HM Treasury ahead of the next national budget, which chancellor of the exchequer Rishi Sunak will deliver on 3 March. The budget request aims to secure long-term targeted support to aid the recovery of the UK events industry. Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, business visits and events contributed £70bn (U...

Blackstone in talks to take on UK Butlin’s owner Bourne Leisure

Private equity group Blackstone is in the talks to take over UK holiday resort and conference centre provider Butlin’s owner Bourne Leisure, The Times newspaper, London, has reported. The US-based investor is said to be keen to want to take advantage of the trend in staycations, which is likely in the first instance after the Covid-19 pandemic subsides before international travel resumes. The news...

June G7 summit worth £50m to UK host county Cornwall

Prime minister Boris Johnson has confirmed that the G7 summit scheduled for 11-13 June 2021 will take place in Carbis Bay, Cornwall, England. The three-day summit, to attended by leaders from the UK, US, Germany, France, Canada, Italy and Japan, is thought to be worth some £50m (US$67.65m) in economic benefit to the southwestern county. Delegates will be staying at the Tregenna Castle Resort, St I...

UK event businesses denied support by local authorities urged to submit evidence to government

The UK’s Business Visits and Events Partnership (BVEP) has been asked to provide evidence to the government’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) of events businesses which have been unsuccessful in applying for financial support from their Local Authority during the pandemic. Any events business which has been unsuccessful in applying for support is urged to send evidence t...

Chancellor confirms further support for businesses in UK hospitality sector

Businesses in the UK retail, hospitality and leisure sectors are to receive a one-off grant worth up to £9,000 (US12,224), while an extra £594m discretionary fund has been made available for other businesses, chancellor of the exchequer Rishi Sunak announced, 5 January. The announcement follows UK prime minister Boris Johnson’s confirmation that England will enter a full national lockdown, resulti...

Cyber security tops business leader IT concerns

Cyber security is the top concern of business leaders, and the area where leaders feel their knowledge is most lacking, according to research conducted by events and technology company GDS Group. According to senior leaders at the 300 global companies polled on behalf of Meet the Boss, an online roundtable platform and subsidiary brand of GDS Group, cyber security remains their top priority. Howev...

A message from the One Industry One Voice Taskforce

As we finally reach the Christmas and New Year break, the One Industry One Voice Taskforce thought that it would be good to share a message with the UK events industry about what we’ve been focussing on over the last few months. Covid-19 has had a catastrophic impact on our industry so we know that the need for continued solidarity, collaboration and mutual support over the next few months will be...

#WeCreateExperiences: launch video a hit with UK media

The UK’s One Industry One Voice (OIOV) #WeCreateExperiences B2B campaign kicked off on the 7 December with its key messages of education, inspiration and reassurance receiving media coverage across national and regional broadcasters and publications, with organisers lauding that launch as an “overwhelming success”. The launch video, narrated by BBC TV presenter Clare Balding and including a ...