About NOEA

An Introduction to the National Outdoor Events Association - NOEA

NOEA, established in 1979, is the only trade association specialising in the Outdoor Events Industry and is able to connect you to some 500 Members covering Local Authorities, Festival and Event Organisers, Universities/Students, Entertainment Agencies, Promoters, Venues and Suppliers of Equipment and Services together with Practitioners generally in the World of Outdoor Events.

NOEA’s policy to educate, advise and enhance professionalism and business opportunities clearly works. The regional workshops, conferences and Annual Convention & Tribute Celebration Evenings offer opportunities to find out about the latest developments - to learn about topical issues such as the Licensing Act, Disability Discrimination Act, and the Security Industry Authority. NOEA is involved in training Event Managers and working on the British Standard for the Sustainability of Event Management. NOEA is represented on the Business Visits & Events Partnership, The Genesis Initiative, The Event Industry Forum and the International Festivals & Events Association – Europe. The purpose is to debate issues, share information, network, meet new business contacts, renew old friendships and have some fun.

NOEA also undertake:-
  • Regular Email News Digests and Newsletters and articles in Access All Areas and EIN
  • NOEA Members’ Yearbook - the Outdoor Events Industry Reference Guide - complimentary copy upon application
  • Participation in the major trade shows with complimentary admission tickets
  • Legal Advisory & Debt Recovery Services
  • Croner's Business Helpline Telephone Service
  • NOEA Insurance Panel

By becoming a member of NOEA you become part of a specialist ‘club’ of outdoor event professionals. The ethos of the association is to bring together like-minded people for business to business networking, education, the sharing of problems and ideas and to enhance professionalism.

There are many opportunities to market and promote your business through NOEA as well as to learn more about professional standards of practice, topical issues and legislation within the industry.

Click here to view the NOEA Constitution

Foreword by the NOEA President
(NOEA Yearbook 2016)

NOEA has just turned 35, which we celebrated at our annual AGM, Conference and Awards dinner at the beautiful Roman Baths and Pump room in Bath last November.  I liken this to 35 in human terms, it,s a fantastic age, we have made mistakes, learnt by them, become mature but have the boundless energy, enthusiasm, commitment and drive to focus and see things through. Essentially we know who we are and what we want! Today NOEA stands at the pinnacle of its existence and is a real mover and shaker in the world of outdoor events.

The commitment of our members is impressive, many involved in issues regarding policing costs, tax implications, sustainability and CDM. Our court day was very well received and enabled delegates to have  first hand experience of our legal system at work.  Thank you to all who have contributed and remember the more you put in to the organisation the more you will get out.

We have been a little less successful with our student engagement in 2015 but  have plans to push this big time in 2016. We have a new student councilor and are organizing a student conference in March.

We continue to develop our links with government bodies and the other industry organisations and work on standards such as the Purple guide.   

2016 looks a promising year , I welcome three new council members Paul Scaife  , Richard Millward and Ian Taylor and look forward to an exciting ,rewarding , fruitful year.

Thank you all for your support, commitment and passion and many thanks to the council for their input, guidance and help and in particular Susan Tanner, whose tireless toil , energy and passion keeps us all on the right track.

I remain very proud to be your President.

Richard Limb