This year’s ESSA Conference achieved a record attendance of delegates from across the events supplier industry, representing over 100 companies at Ricoh Arena, on 24 November.
Speakers throughout the day included Han Leehouts of Sales & Pepper; sport psychology consultant Simon Hartley; industry stalwart, Phil Soar, economist Dominic Swords and Graham King of Information Technology Rentals.
The conference also featured two Industry Focus panel sessions. The first, chaired by Andy Gibb of Ricoh Arena, was a discussion about how the industry could better work together, and generated some robust discussion and debate, particularly around the issue of build-up and breakdown times. The second panel session was hosted by Adam Parry, editor of Event Industry News and discussed the meaning of innovation in events, and what it should mean.
Olympic athlete Derek Redmond gave the closing address, while ESSA director, Andrew Harrison brought the day’s proceedings to an end before the evening after-party began.