Over 50 Yorkshire-based events businesses attended an evening of presentations, debate and networking hosted by Leeds Met's UK Centre for Events Management this month. The evening brought together members of the Yorkshire Events Network to discuss issues that the region's events industry is facing.

Stimulating presentations regarding trends and opportunities for the sector were given by leading specialists Leigh Jagger, CEO of Banks Sadler; Mark Saxby, Sales and Marketing Director at Universal WorldEvents and Tony Rogers, independent conference and events consultant and Visiting Fellow at the UK Centre for Events Management. These were very well received by the audience representing venues, hotels, production companies, caterers and other event suppliers.

Principal Lecturer and founder of the Yorkshire Events Network, Jackie Mulligan commented "This event provided an excellent platform for the region's event organisers, hosts and suppliers to identify and share their current challenges and opportunities. The event enabled all the companies, presenters and academic team to benefit from knowledge exchange at a critical point for industry."

At the event, Leigh Jagger focused her insights on how recent changes to industry communications and turn-around times present challenges to the sector, Mark Saxby shared his views on how technology can support and add value to events, the importance of content and the need to be flexible in the current economic conditions whilst Tony Rogers used a wide range of research to identify positive signs of growth in the sector. The panel were also able to provide further advice on very specific issues the region's suppliers are facing.

The event marks a key milestone for the Yorkshire Events Network which began in 2007. Attendees were encouraged to submit their ideas for future activities, and a series of further events is planned. To join the Yorkshire Events Network which includes free entry to an online directory at www.yorkshireeventsnetwork.com or to ask how the UK Centre for Events Management can support your business though consultancy, professional training or research, please contact Jackie Mulligan on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Event programme can be downloaded here

Summaries of presentations from Leigh Jagger, Mark Saxby & Tony Rogers can be downloaded here.