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UK Business Secretary tells banks to ease access to coronavirus loan scheme

The UK Secretary of State for Business Alok Sharma (pictured) has called on the country’s banks to ease access to funding for good businesses during the Covid-19 pandemic. His intervention came amidst reports from some businesses in the UK that their banks were making it increasingly difficult for businesses to access the recently created Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan scheme. Speaking fro...

Long read: UK government must publicly recognise events industry

The events industry has entered a holding pattern. Time seems to be moving at a rapid pace: what we thought may be the case two weeks ago seems as outdated as a 1987 episode of Tomorrow’s World. It seems we are all waiting for our daily updates on the latest figures of reported Covid-19 cases to see if the now infamous curve shows any sign of ‘flattening’. I’m terrified to even note where we are t...

WTTC research reveals scale of damage to global travel and tourism

Up to 75m jobs are at immediate risk in global travel & tourism due to the Covid-19 pandemic, according to the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC).

UK’s Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme: applications open

The UK's new Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme is now available for applications for small and medium sized businesses.

Virtual events for the events industry: 23-27 March

Live events may be dormant, but the events industry is still hard at work. Each week, Mash Media will be publishing a list of live virtual events and webinars aimed at helping the events industry navigate the Covid19 crisis.

A call for your virtual events

As the majority of people are now working at home, and with no live events able to run, the events industry continues to demonstrate its creativity to keep content rolling. As the industry remains mothballed, it is the ideal time to develop knowledge.

UK chancellor announces £330bn of loans to support business

UK chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced up to £330bn worth of loans will be made available to businesses, to assist during the coronavirus crisis.

Open letter to UK Prime Minister: urgent financial support needed for events industry

​Mash Media’s portfolio of magazines, Conference News, Conference & Meetings World, Exhibition News, Exhibition World and Access All Areas have collectively sent an open letter to prime minister Boris Johnson calling for further financial support for the events industry and freelancers.

UK government advises nation to avoid mass gatherings

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said that people should “avoid mass gatherings” in a statement made to the public, 16 March.

Light at the end of the tunnel

Conference News editor Martin Fullard takes stock of the current situation regarding Covid-19, and says the industry must band together to find the light at the end of the tunnel.

IMEX Frankfurt 2020 cancelled, organisers confirm

IMEX Frankfurt 2020 has been cancelled. In a statement released on its website, IMEX Group’s chairman and CEO, Ray Bloom and Carina Bauer, said that factors beyond their control have forced them to make this reluctant decision. The event was due to take place at Messe Frankfurt, 12-14 May. The statement read: “It is with deep sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the cancellation of this year’...

UK Chancellor abolishes business rates to help hospitality sector through coronavirus

Britain’s Chancellor Rishi Sunak opened his first Budget speech with a promise to abolish business rates for the remainder of the year, a cash grant for SMEs, an extension of statutory pay, and the provision of special loans of up to £1.2m (US$1.55m). There is a £3,000 cash grant per business for any firm that is currently eligible for the small business rates relief. “This is a £2bn cash in...