At the ESSA Drop-In session on 9 Dec 2010 held at FIVE, the home of the Farnborough Air Show, Jonathan Smith, Head of Operations at Farnborough International announced that any relevant new contractors wishing to work at the venue for Farnborough International Ltd would need to be members of ESSA from this date forward, as this provides FIVE and FIA with the required quality control.
“It was our desire to create a benchmark of standards for all contractors who work on our events. Because ESSA has a series of rigorous processes in place before a company can become and remain a member, it has both credibility and value, and this decision is entirely focused on maintaining and raising quality so we would encourage them to seek membership in order that we can create a consistent standard” said Smith.
The Drop-In session saw over 20 companies represented. There were presentations from FIVE and ESSA to fully acquaint participants with the rationale for this decision and the benefits that membership of ESSA will bring to each party. Martin Cotterill of A1 Cleaners and ESSA Member gave a first-hand account of how ESSA membership had helped him to win business and how, through the HR support via the ESSA Helpline, he has recouped his membership fees. This is in addition to a free stand at The Event & Exhibiting Show which was available to all ESSA members in 2010 and which remains in place in 2011 for those who did not take up the offer.
“We are committed to fostering long term working partnerships as part of our ongoing development plan. We see our membership of the AEV and our strengthened links with ESSA as integral parts of our continued drive for quality standards.” concluded Smith.
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