Business events

One of our priorities is to grow the UK’s valuable business events sector by promoting its world-class destinations and venues, and driving more targeted international business events into the UK. Our work aligns with the focus of the Events Industry Board that promotes the events sector within the UK. We work in partnership with the nations and regions of the UK to add value to their work in this sector.

The Business Events Growth Programme forms part of Government’s commitment to build the business events sector, supporting the attraction of international business events which align with the Government's priority industry sectors. Applications for financial support for the 2018/19 financial year are now closed. Applications for Government advocacy are welcome on an ongoing basis.

Business Events Growth Programme overview

Read the overview of Business Events Growth Programme to attract, grow and develop new and existing international business events to Britain and Northern Ireland.

International Delegate Growth

NOF Energy National Conference and Exhibition, Sage Gateshead, Newcastle
Find out about financial and advocacy support available for International Delegate Growth through the Business Events Growth Programme and how to submit an application..

Bid Enhancement & Support

Diabetes UK Professional Conference, Manchester Central, Manchester
Find out about financial and advocacy support available for Bid Enhancement & Support through the Business Events Growth Programme and how to submit an application.

Government Advocacy

Find out about Government Advocacy to support the UK's business events industry

Business Events activities

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Read more about VisitBritain's business events activities

Business events research

Aerial view of East London over the Royal Docks, and the ExCel conference and events venue by the River Thames. Dusk.
Business Events is an important sector for the UK, in 2016 Business visits accounted for 24% of all visits and contributed £5.5 billion in spend.