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Event Production Show reveals panel line up for the opening day of the 2017 event

With registration now live, the Event Production Show has secured four fantastic panellists for the opening day of the 2017 event.  

Taking place 1st March at Olympia London, day one will open with a bang.  

The panel is made up of music festival legend John Giddings, Isle of Wight Festival; Phil Bowdery, Live Nation; Tim Burgess, The Charlatans and Ben Jones, Virgin Radio.

Cashless Code of Conduct consultation has begun

A month-long period of consultation has now begun for this seminal project

The need for cashless:

The Nationwide Caterers Association along with the Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) and the Association of Festival Organisers (AFO) have now begun a month-long consultation on a proposed Cashless Code of Practice, with the aim of getting the COP in place in time for the 2017 events season. 

Eventex 2017 - 10% Discount for AFO members

The international conference for event professionals Eventex is back with a bang. This time it’s a disruptive event experience tailored for each and everyone in attendance! If you are a meetings & events planner, designer, or producer, work at a destination or venue, a marketing, PR, communication, or hospitality professional, even someone looking to make a career in the industry – this is the conference for YOU!
The Eventex team is happy to offer AFO members a special 10% discount for registering at Eventex 2017. 

T in the Park takes a break in 2017

T in the Park organisers DF Concerts and partner Tennent’s Lager have announced that they will be taking a break in 2017. The organisers have released the following statement,

"To the best audience in the world,

For over 23 years, T in the Park has been at the heart of Scotland’s music scene – with you, by our side.  But for now, sadly, we need to take a break.

Jon Boden New Guest Curator for Cambridge


In an exciting Festival first, folk star Jon Boden will take the role of Guest Curator of Cambridge Folk Festival 2017. Jon will programme up to five artists appearing across the festival’s four stages and festival weekend.  Jon will personally introduce each of his selected artists live onstage and will be on-site all weekend presenting additional unique happenings and the odd surprise event in his Guest Curator role.

Event Buyers Live - 8-9 Feb 2017

What is Event Buyers Live?

Event Buyers Live is proven as a successful business medium; organisers meet suppliers to check best value procurement and generate new ideas. Suppliers get access to qualified event organisers looking to source their services. The venue has been carefully selected to create the ideal environment to focus on business during the day and network in a relaxed environment. This event includes an overnight stay, and an evening gala dinner, which is complimentary for qualifying event organisers.

Targeted help for the self-employed - Small Business Saturday

On Saturday 3 December HMRC is offering help and advice to self-employed workers - including start-ups and existing small businesses – with a series of free webinars. The webinars will cover many of the key tax issues new and experienced businesses often ask us about. From starting out, to record keeping and business expenses, we will be able to give your members the information they need.

Joining - no special equipment is needed, use the links to receive an invitation and connect using your desktop computer or any smart device.