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10 June 2009

PLASA draws large numbers to AGM and Members Lunch

Keen to build on the successful format established with earlier events at both BAFTA and the Hurlingham Club, PLASA chose Kings Place - the impressive new Concert Hall just north of King's Cross - as the venue for its 2009 AGM and Members Lunch.

Members travelled from across the country to participate in the event, the timing of which could not have been more significant as the industry continues to fight one of the biggest challenges the sector has ever faced. The message delivered at the AGM was realistic but encouraging, and there was general agreement that PLASA and its members, whilst not being naïve about the current difficult conditions, must equally not lose sight of the positives.

To reinforce this message, a number of video presentations were featured, including PLASA Members expanding on the value they get from being part of the PLASA community and emphasising the need for members to work together. The organisation also outlined the forward strides it has been taking across its skills, political and business development fronts as part of its strategy to become an increasingly effective focal point for the industry.

Members outlined the issues and opportunities they were facing and highlighted their wider concerns about issues such as product copying and its negative impact on innovation within the sector.

PLASA confirmed its intention to escalate its activities in this area with plans to initiate a major campaign to raise greater awareness of IP, the consequences of infringement, and the steps companies can take towards protecting their investment.

Former Mayor of London Ken Livingstone was the guest speaker at the Members Lunch which followed and talked eloquently about the creative sector and the opportunities and challenges facing it, before fielding a wide range of questions covering the forthcoming Olympics to greener methods of travel.

The outdoor terrace of Kings Place, overlooking the peaceful Regents Canal basin, was the ideal setting for drinks at the close of a thought-provoking and enjoyable 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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