Martin Fullard

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...

Clear Identity for G7 Summit organisation

The 47th G7 Summit in the UK will be delivered by events agency Identity. Following a competitive tender process, the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Development Office (FCDO) appointed Identity to deliver the three-day world summit. The event, where prime minister Boris Johnson, leaders of G7 nations, the EU and guest countries will meet, will take place in Carbis Bay, Cornwall, 11-13 June 2021. The ...

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...