Martin Fullard

UK Government confirms further details for Event Research Programme

The UK Government has revealed finer details regarding the Event Research Programme – the series of pilot events which will determine the manner of which events will be allowed to operate in the UK post 21 June. Spectators are attending a series of scientific pilot events as part of the Government’s plan to get big crowds back this summer, with a single pilot business event taking place at ACC Liv...

Nextech AR Solutions confirmed as International Confex hybrid partner

International Confex has confirmed it will be partnering with Nextech AR Solutions, which will manage the event’s hybrid elements in 2021. The event, which will take place at ExCeL London, 22-23 June, will be the UK’s first major show once England reopens on 21 June. Organisers Mash Media expect to host more than 8,000 event professionals in person with a further 5,000 joining online. The event in...

Global Meetings Industry Day 2021: Get involved!

Thursday 8 April is Global Meetings Industry Day, where all around the world we celebrate the work of the many conference and meetings professionals involved in the production of creating meaningful and impactful face-to-face and online experiences. As the meetings industry looks forward to getting back to business, we want to hear what conferences and meetings you are working on or looking forwar...

UK pilot business event in Liverpool confirmed for 28 April

The UK government has announced details of pilot events to be held in Liverpool, which include a business event as part of the Events Research Programme (ERP) The event, along with other music, cultural and sporting events, will be used to provide scientists and government with key data into how events for a range of audiences could be permitted to safely reopen as part of Step 4 of the UK roadmap...

Ashfield study shows healthcare professionals keen for return to live events, but with a place for virtual

Ashfield Event Experiences and the International Pharmaceutical Congress Advisory Association (IPCAA) have completed a follow-up study to 2020’s Healthcare Professionals’ Experiences of Virtual Congress. The report gathers the views on virtual medical congresses of more than 300 global healthcare professionals (HCPs). The second phase of the research took place in December 2020 and a detailed summ...

UK chancellor extends furlough scheme to end of September, with concessions on rates and VAT

The UK chancellor of the exchequer has confirmed that the furlough scheme will be extended to the end of September 2021. In his Budget announcement, 3 March, chancellor Rishi Sunak told the House of Commons that the furlough scheme will continue to pay 80% of peoples’ wages for hours not worked until 30 September. From July, employers will be expected to contribute 10% of this support themselves, ...

UK Parliamentary Group for Events asks government for clarification on event pilots and insurance

The UK All-Party Parliamentary Group for Events (APPG) has welcomed the publication of the Government’s Covid-19 roadmap, announced by prime minister Boris Johnson, 22 February, which sets out the gradual lifting of restrictions and could see the events industry return to some manner of normality by 21 June. However, the APPG, chaired by Theresa Villiers MP (pictured), has raised what it describes...

England could lift event restrictions from 21 June

Most restrictions on events taking place in England could be lifted by 21 June, UK prime minister Boris Johnson has said. However, some events may be permitted to go ahead with restricted capacities, with up to 1,000 people or 50% capacity permitted from 17 May. Further pilot events will be run from this time, with testing. Addressing the House of Commons, 22 February, the prime minister revealed ...

FOI request exposes English local authorities’ slow response in distributing government grants

Thousands of businesses across England are facing further job losses or bankruptcy due to the failure of local authorities to award £1.4bn (US$1.93bn) of emergency Covid-19 grants, the UK’s Event Industry Alliance (EIA) has revealed. Responses to 400 Freedom of Information (FOI) requests, issued by the Event Supplier and Services Association (ESSA) to local authorities across England, have i...

UK events industry ‘on brink of collapse’, says BVEP

The Business Visits and Events Partnership (BVEP), the body which represents the UK’s events industry to government, has said that with still no sign of a roadmap to reopening, event businesses, suppliers and event professionals are now on the brink of collapse from the lack of Government support. They have faced nearly a year without trading and employment. In a major industry-wide survey i...

UK government launches second round of £200,000 WiFi competition for venues

The UK government has launched the second round of its broadband competition for event venues. The scheme is part of the Tourism Sector Deal and the UK Government’s International Business Events Action Plan, which was launched in August 2019 to improve broadband connectivity in event venues across the country, enabling them to receive full fibre access. Applications for a share of the £200,000 fun...

Blackstone makes confident UK market move with acquisition of Butlin’s parent group

Global private equity investment fund specialist Blackstone has completed its acquisition of Bourne Leisure in a deal reportedly worth £3bn (US$4.12bn). Among Bourne Leisure’s portfolio is the traditional holiday resort chain Butlin’s, which has, in recent years, invested heavily in revamping its conference and event facilities. Funds managed by Blackstone Capital Partners and Blackstone Real Esta...