17 April 2008 | Jake Kanter
Charities and voluntary organisations are paying up to 20 per cent more on events and meetings than other organisations.
A report into conference spending revealed the third sector is consistently paying more for events compared with industries such as pharmaceuticals and manufacturing.
Last year, the average paid for a day delegate rate - the cost per person for a day at a meeting or event - was £46, but the average paid by the third sector was £54. Similarly, the average amount for a 24-hour rate, which would include overnight accommodation, was £167 compared with the £159 average paid by other sectors.
Catherine Deakin, policy officer at the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations, said the findings should be put in a broader perspective rather than be viewed as negative. She explained the third sector spends much less then other sectors in areas such as advertising.
The research compiled by events firm Conference Care (CC) said third sector groups are paying more because of their low focus on meetings and events spend.
"Each organisation needs to look at consolidating its expenditure and get a total grasp on how much money they are spending," said Andrew Deakin, director of CC.