The Events Industry Forum provides an informal organization that brings together event industry trade associations and similar bodies to discuss issues of common interest. The Forum usually meets twice a year at different venues around the UK.

Other than an elected Chairman and Secretary, the organization has no formal structure or role, although from time-to-time it may act to represent its member bodies in respect of issues where there is a unilateral and common interest.

Current officers of the Forum are:

  1. Chairman – Steve Heap (Association of Festival Organisers – 01629 827014)
  2. Secretary - Jim Winship (The Event Services Association – 01291 636331)


‘Membership’ of the Forum is only open to trade and similar organizations who are involved in representing the UK event industry or influencing the industry through training/education.

There is no formal membership fee.  Organisations are asked to each pay £150 on joining as a contribution towards running costs and members may be asked for a top up contribution when the Forum needs further funds. Those making a contribution to the running of the EIF can attend meetings and will receive all mailings.  Others can attend meetings only by invitation and may be asked to pay a fee.

Member organisations are listed to the right – you can click on the organisation’s name to find out more about them.

The Forum has one honorary member – Mick Upton.

HSE Event Safety (Purple) Guide & Grants

The Events Industry Forum took over publication of the Purple Guide from the Health & Safety Executive in 2013 and set up a separate limited company – EIF Limited – to manage the publication.   After covering administration costs, all income generated by sales of the Purple Guide are reinvested in the industry through grants.
The Purple Guide is updated annually and revisions to chapters are generally made available to subscribers by March each year.  Subscribers are automatically notified when revisions are made and receive these free as part of their annual subscription.

The Guide can be found on its own website at

Purple Guide Grants

There are generally two calls for grant applications each year, usually in March and October.   Grant applications can be made from any organization or individual involved in the industry but projects must have a clear benefit for the events industry generally.

Grants so far made include:

All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG)

The Forum has been instrumental in setting up an all-party group made up of Members of Parliament and the House of Lords.   Members of the group generally have a particular interest in the events industry and are prepared to represent the events industry’s interests in Parliament.

If you have any issues you would like to make the Group aware of, or you would like to invite an MP or member of the House of Lords to an event, please contact EIF Secretary Jim Winship –

EIF Meetings

The Forum provides an opportunity twice a year for organisations to discuss topics of common interest.   Minutes from meetings can be seen by clicking the links below.

  1. October 2014 (Word)
  2. March 2015 (Word)
  3. November 2015 (Word)
  4. March 2016 (Word)
  5. November 2016 (Word)
  6. March 2017 (Word)

Topics covers by the Forum range across the spectrum of issues affecting the events industry in the UK, from sustainability and education to policing and licensing.   Major issues covered recently include moves by the Valuation Office to charge greenfield venue sites business rates and moves to increase levies on events by the Performing Rights Society.

If you have any issues you would like to have taken up by the Forum, please send them in writing – preferably by email – to the Secretary. The secretary is Jim Winship –

The next meeting of the Forum is scheduled for March, 2016