Martin Fullard

ExCeL London given go-ahead for 25,000sqm expansion

ExCeL London, UK has secured Planning Committee approval from its local council (Newham) in London to expand the venue, which will increase the building’s usable event space by 25,000sqm. Construction works are expected to start in 2022. ExCeL’s CEO Jeremy Rees described the decision as a “key moment” not just for ExCeL but for its customers and the entire UK events industry. “The expansion of ExC...

UK Government calls on events industry for views on vaccine passports for England

The UK Government has called on events industry workers to contribute their views on the potential use of ‘vaccine passports’ in England, should Covid-19 cases increase in winter to the point at which the National Health Service (NHS) becomes overwhelmed. While nothing has been confirmed, those working in the events industry are encouraged to answer a series of questions and submit them no later t...

Event technology: calls for transparency of pricing structures

Editor CMW’s sister publication Conference News, Martin Fullard, spoke to 10 corporate event managers about their experiences when shopping for event technology, and learns their leading pain point is the pricing structures: Between 22-24 September I had the pleasure of sharing a few days in Davos and Klosters, courtesy of Tourism Switzerland, with a cohort of 10 corporate event leaders. Thi...

Scotland’s Event Industry Advisory Group calls on Government for more support

Representatives from Scotland’s events industry have appealed to the Scottish Government to provide further financial support. Scotland’s Event Industry Advisory Group (EIAG) has recommended an extra £40m in restart funding be made available along with a raft of other initiatives including the continuation of the Job Retention Scheme on a flexible basis from this September to March next year. EIAG...

Wales to lift event restrictions

Events in Wales will be able to resume from 17 July with capacity caps before all restrictions are lifted on 7 August, first minister Mark Drakeford has confirmed. From 17 July, Wales will move to Alert Level 1, which permits organised indoor events for up to 1,000 seated or 200 standing take place. Six people can also meet indoors. From 7 August the country will move to Alert Level 0 where most o...

Boris Johnson says government’s intent is to resume full capacity events in England from 19 July

The events industry is poised to fully reopen in England on 19 July once the Government makes its final decision on moving to Step 4 on 12 July. Addressing the public from Downing Street, 5 July, prime minister Boris Johnson said that once Step 4 is enabled, all restrictions would be lifted, becoming optional in most circumstances, and that there would be no legal requirement for any form of Covid...

UK PM Johnson pushes back Step 4 reopening date to 19 July

Prime minister Boris Johnson has confirmed that Step 4 of the UK’s reopening has been pushed back to 19 July. The original roadmap plan had targeted 21 June as the “full and irreversible” final unlocking of the economy, subject to the virulence of the coronavirus. The extended target date, the prime minister said, was to allow all adults in the UK over the age of 18 to receive their first va...

VisitBritain launches support fund for non-profit business events

Applications have opened for VisitBritain’s Domestic Support Fund, an initiative to kick-start the recovery of the UK business events industry. The £100,000 (US$141,565) Domestic Support Fund is available for not-for-profit organisations and charities hosting meetings, conferences and events in the UK from 21 June to 17 December 2021. Events with from 100 to 500 delegates taking place in the UK ar...

Welsh Government permits outdoor events to resume, but no word on business events

Outdoor concerts, festivals and sporting events can resume in Wales from 7 June, the Welsh Government has confirmed. However, there has been no update on when crowds will be allowed to return indoors. Restrictions permit up to 10,000 people seated or up to 4,000 standing at an approved outdoor event. Welsh Government first minister Mark Drakeford (pictured) said that the decision was made as the r...

Zero positive Covid-19 cases at UK pilot business event

Public Health officials and scientists in Liverpool, UK have found the city’s recent pilot events did not cause any detectable spread of Covid-19 across the region. The city hosted four events as part of the national Events Research Programme (ERP), with a total of 13,258 people attending The Good Business Festival, two nightclub events hosted by Circus and the Sefton Park Pilot music festival. Al...

Government funding available to help bring international events to UK

VisitBritain has released details about the UK Government’s Business Events Growth Programme. The programme has been designed to support the attraction of international business events, which VisitBritain say align with the Government’s priority industry sectors, and the growth of the international profile of business events in the UK. Through the programme, VisitBritain will support all org...

PM confirms England will take Step 3 out of lockdown on 17 May

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has confirmed 17 May will mark the activation of Step 3 of England’s roadmap out of lockdown. While Step 3 is good news for pub and restaurant owners, who will again be allowed to welcome people back inside their venues, it is also good news for large parts of the events industry. While social distancing is still required, there is no requirement for Covid-status...