Sustainability body isla is hosting its first Venue Forum to engage UK venues
in the challenge of accelerating the UK’s transition to
Net Zero and creating a sustainable destination for events.
Taking place on Tuesday 28 June at ExCeL London, the forum will include senior representatives and
sustainability leads from a select group of prominent UK events venues all
working towards the common goal of a sustainable industry.
participating in the isla Venue Forum include ExCeL London, ICC Wales, De Vere,
Edinburgh International Conference Centre and Manchester Central. Also
attending is VisitBritain, trade body Association of Event Venues and
membership organisation Unique Venues of London.
With a focus on collaborative action, the round-table style
forum will explore how to align activity to deliver sustainability consistently
and help move the UK events industry towards Net Zero faster. The forum is set
to address issues including:
- What is a sustainable venue?
- What are typical client requests and how can we best
anticipate their needs?
- What do we need to measure and why?
- What are the barriers to change and what support would shift
- How can we work together for collaborative advantage to win
business and create transformation?
Anna Abdelnoor, co-founder of isla, said: “We believe that events
can change the world and that the UK, as a world leading industry, should (and
can!) take the lead on creating a sustainable destination for events. We see a
huge opportunity to work collaboratively to champion the UK as a destination,
to retain domestic work and attract international events.”
Isla recently announced
its partnership with davies tanner, the PR and marketing agency for the events
industry, to create a dedicated Sustainability Communications Practice. The
practice will support venues looking to expand their sustainability credentials
and messaging. Isla will provide dedicated training to the davies tanner team
and provide consultancy services and training to the agency’s network of