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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.

HBAA launches support for agencies

The UK's HBAA has been working with industry groups to urge for more widespread support for the events industry.

UK’s BVEP will do ‘whatever it takes’ to represent industry

The UK's Business Visits and Events Partnership (BVEP) has said that aspects of relief and support must be implemented specifically for the events industry.

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.

UK coronavirus petition to be considered for debate in Parliament

A petition for the government to provide economic assistance to the events industry has reached the 100,000 signature milestone, meaning it will be considered for debate in Parliament.

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.

Thousands sign petition for government support in UK

More than 13,000 eventprofs in the UK have signed a petition to government, asking for economic assistance to the events industry during COVID-19.

UK Government not advising banning events at this stage

The UK government will not ban mass gatherings at this stage, it has been confirmed.

Barbican to offer international exhibition partnerships

Barbican International Enterprises (BIE), part of the London Barbican complex’s wider arts and commercial event offering, is searching for partners to take its exhibition programme abroad.

ABTA calls for UK travel and tourism industry support plan

As the new UK Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, prepared to deliver a budget 11 March amidst growing demands to support the economy in the face the coronavirus challenge, ABTA – The Travel Association, has called on the government to consider extraordinary support measures for businesses operating in the UK’s travel and tourism sector.

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