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Plan B: UK prime minister introduces Covid passes for events

UK prime minister Boris Johnson has confirmed that the Government’s ‘Plan B’ is to be introduced in England in an attempt to slow down the spread of the new Omicron Covid-19 variant. Speaking from Downing Street, 8 December, prime minister Johnson confirmed that, from 13 December, people are advised to work from home if they can, and that proof of vaccination would be required to gain entry to wha...

BVEP publishes Shape of Events Report

The Business Visits & Events Partnership (BVEP), the umbrella body and advocacy group representing the UK events sector, has published its Shape of Events Report. The report was compiled using responses from over 300 professionals and organisations from across the UK events sector and authored by Richard Smith from Team Tourism Consulting and John Gallery, chair of the BVEP’s research group. T...

UK’s BVEP to launch Shape of Events Report

The Business Visits and Events Partnership (BVEP), the umbrella body and advocacy group representing the UK events sector, is to launch its Shape of Events Report. The report, which is sponsored by brand communications agency Davies Tanner, will be published in early September and has been produced to support both BVEP partner organisations and the wider event industry in the UK. It promises insig...

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 One Industry One Voice backs Mental Health First Aider campaign

The UK’s One Industry One Voice industry campaign coalition is getting behind a new drive to promote mental health first aider training across the event industry. Conceived by Music Support, the idea is to provide bursaries for professionals working within the UK Live Event Industry, including the meetings industry, to train as qualified Mental Health First Aiders. The programme is open to a...

UK’s BVEP submits events industry budget request to Treasury

The UK’s Business Visits and Events Partnership (BVEP) has submitted a budget request to HM Treasury ahead of the next national budget, which chancellor of the exchequer Rishi Sunak will deliver on 3 March. The budget request aims to secure long-term targeted support to aid the recovery of the UK events industry. Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, business visits and events contributed £70bn (U...