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8 May 2013

PLASA AGM Unveils Strategic Aims

PLASA returns to 195 Piccadilly - the iconic home of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts - on Thursday 30 May for its 2013 European AGM. Over 200 members and guests are anticipated at the event, which will include a review of the achievements of the last 12 months and an outline of PLASA's aims for future development.

The AGM is of great significance to the Association and the ideal occasion for every member to ensure that his or her voice is heard. It is this feedback that enables PLASA to react positively to the changes and challenges that members face in order to act effectively on their behalf.

Important decisions were made through 2012 to support and safeguard PLASA's future including moving the PLASA Show to Excel London, investing in new software which will provide members with new self-service features and enable much easier participation in Association activities, and devoting considerable time to building strong relationships with other key organisations for the benefit of members worldwide.

The PLASA Members' Lunch following the AGM is a popular fixture in the Association calendar and will once again be held in the elegant David Lean Room following pre-lunch drinks with special guests. Tony Benn, Michael Portillo and Bruce Dickinson are just three of the after-lunch speakers enjoyed by past attendees and this year it's the turn of freelance broadcaster and writer, John Sergeant.

John has had a prolific and varied career with many unforgettable moments. He effortlessly combines his job as a well-regarded political journalist with frequent guest appearances on light entertainment shows. Unsurprisingly, John is in great demand as an after-dinner speaker and as a presenter of awards, and appeared, to great public response, on BBC's Strictly Come Dancing in 2008.

"The 2013 AGM will be the launch pad for PLASA's Global Strategic Plan. This is the culmination of months of constructive work involving members, staff, Regional Boards and Governing Body, says Matthew Griffiths, PLASA's CEO, and we are actively encouraging as many members as possible to come along to what promises to be an informative day".

Notes to Editors:

PLASA is the lead professional body for businesses that supply technologies and services to the event, entertainment and installation industries. Operating from offices in Europe and North America, the Association provides business support services to its growing worldwide membership, writes industry standards, leads the development of qualifications and focuses on improving the business practices adopted by the industry. With over 1100 members worldwide, it represents one of the largest member networks in the industry.

PLASA also runs successful media and events divisions and is responsible for the industry-leading magazines Lighting&Sound International, Lighting&Sound America and Protocol and the PLASA Show in London, together with the European and North American regional PLASA Focus events.

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