Event Support Programme overview

Supporting the winning of new international business events for Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Event Support Programme update 

The latest Event Support Programme (ESP) application window for the first round of awards for financial support for live bids closed on 16 June 2017.

Applications for advocacy - non financial support for event bids can be received on an ongoing basis.

Event Support Programme

The Event Support Programme forms part of our commitment to support and build the business events sector, in line with the UK Government’s business visits and events strategy and the work of the Events Industry Board. The programme primarily supports the attraction of international business events which align with Great Britain and Northern Ireland’s industrial and academic sector expertise.

First successful applicants from Event Support Programme

The first successful applicants to receive year one funding from our Event Support Programme have been announced. Supporting events being held from Edinburgh to Plymouth, the successful applicants cover global meetings and events that put the spotlight on some of the UK’s top industries and academic strengths.

Following a competitive application process, seven events and two event bids have been announced from our four-year Event Support Programme which offers financial support and advocacy for growing and developing the UK’s international business events industry. Find out the successful applicants.