First ever UK Economic Impact Study

MPI Foundation. The UK Economic Impact Study (UKEIS), critical research being undertaken for the first time has seen huge response levels. This first-ever UK research is being led by the MPI Foundation and a consortium of investment partners.

The researchers at Leeds Metropolitan University have revealed that 3,350 responses were received for the UK Economic Impact Study being undertaken by the university on behalf of the UK meetings and events industry.

Dr ShiNa Li, Director of the research which is being led by Leeds Metropolitan University said: "The number of surveys received compares very favourably to the previous studies conducted in the US, Canada and Mexico. We are delighted about the level of engagement, which will enable the research team to capture the profile of the industry and evaluate the economic contribution from both the supply and demand side to the UK economy."

The 3,350 responses are broken down as follows: 548 meeting organizers, 457 venues, 695 exhibitors from UK, US, Germany, Irish Republic and France, 1,617 attendees from UK, US, Germany, Irish Republic and France and 33 destinations management organizations.

The project is being led by the MPI Foundation. MPI UK & Ireland chapter president and Barbican sales manager, Samme Allen: “The industry has thrown its full support behind this initiative and it is fantastic to see such a range of responses. For this research to benefit the industry we need maximum engagement as we promote the results and our importance as a sector to the wider commercial landscape, government and captains of industry.”

The results will be released in two waves: Industry Profile – to be released at International Confex, on 20th March, 2013 at Excel, London and Economic Impact – to be released at The Meetings Show UK from 9 to 11 July, 2013 at Olympia, London.