Martin Fullard

UK association survey reports 126,000 industry job losses and £2.4m per venue

A survey by the UK’s Meetings Industry Association (mia) has reported that the average venue value loss reported as a result of coronavirus pandemic is £2,398,600 (US$3.14m). The association also estimates that 126,000 events jobs have already been lost in the UK during this period. Over a third of 197 responding venues (34%) are reporting values between £1m and £5m for lost business as a result o...

Business events sector wins VisitEngland’s Outstanding Contribution to Tourism Award

The business events industry has won the Outstanding Contribution to Tourism prize in VisitEngland’s Awards for Excellence 2020. For the first time, the awards took place online, with the national advisory body’s chair, and former chair of the Events Industry Board, Nick de Bois, announcing the winners. The sector was praised for its contribution in supporting the public and National Health Servic...

Government relaxes lockdown restrictions in England, pilot scheme for events to continue

The UK government has confirmed a relaxation of lockdown restrictions in England, paving the way for business and sport pilot events to resume. Exact details of the pilot business events have not been publicly revealed. In an announcement on 13 August prime minister Boris Johnson said that the government “will not hesitate to put on the brakes if required, or to continue to implement local measure...

Survey suggests UK venues are more flexible with cancellation, contracts more robust

Venues within the UK will be more flexible on cancellation terms but are adding more robust contract clauses to cover potentially similar issues, according a survey on venue attitudes to commercial terms following the Covid-19 crisis. The survey, conducted by the UK Hotel Booking Agents Association (HBAA), spoke to 35 member venues, including 18 venue groups and 17 independent venues, revealed tha...

UK #WeCreateExperiences campaign up and running with Action Group confirmed

UK #WeCreateExperiences campaign begins to take shape Work on a new awareness campaign for the UK events industry is moving at pace as the Business Visits and Events Partnership (BVEP) confirmed the provisional member representation of the Action Group, 3 August. Selected representatives from across the UK events and experience industry will meet in the second week of August to discuss and finalis...

UK events industry seeks clarity as government puts brake on easing of restrictions

This story was updated at 17.07, 31 July 2020 UK prime minister Boris Johnson has confirmed that proposed changes to the easing of lockdown restrictions, due to come into force on 1 August, are to be postponed to 15 August “at the earliest”. However, despite initial confusion, business events for up to 30 people are allowed to take place. An update from the Tourism Alliance read: “The abilit...

Birmingham’s NEC to reopen for events in October as emergency hospital decommissioning gets underway

The NEC in Birmingham, UK, has confirmed that the NHS Nightingale emergency hospital currently occupying the venue is to be decommissioned as the venue gets ready to reopen for events on 1 October. In a letter to its clients, the Birmingham venue noted that the field hospital has been in hibernation since May and did not receive a single patient. However, the venue said it would continue to suppor...

Prime minister confirms UK events industry restart date

Prime minister Boris Johnson has confirmed that conferences and exhibitions will be permitted in England from 1 October 2020. Addressing the nation from Downing Street, 17 July, the prime minister said the decision would depend on data and that Local Authorities would have powers to close events if there was a danger to the public. The Nightingale hospitals, which currently occupy ExCeL London, th...

ICC Wales and Celtic Manor make 450 redundancies as Welsh MP criticises owner

UK  venues Celtic Manor Resort and ICC Wales have announced that they will be making 450 workers redundant. The Celtic Collection, which is the parent company of the neighbouring venues, released a statement, 9 July, saying it had advised its staff of a redundancy programme. It comes as a major blow to the £70bn UK events industry, for which £32bn comes from business events such as conferences and...

UK venue secures $210m worth of future conference business

The UK’s Scottish Event Campus (SEC) has said it has secured new conference business for the future in partnership with Glasgow Convention Bureau and the city’s academic institutions. The business secured amounts to 189,944 participant days for the city and will contribute £144m to the Scottish city of Glasgow’s economy. These wins, the venue says, will deliver £168m ($210m) and £196m ($245m...

Call to action: #GetBritainMeeting

UK-based publisher of CMW, Mash Media Group has released an industry support video as part of its #GetBritainMeeting campaign to showcase the true value of the UK events industry. During the Covid-19 crisis, the UK events industry  has suffered disproportionately, as not only have events in all forms been banned, but a lack of understanding as to the value and depth of the sector to the UK economy...

IAPCO unites global PCO associations

The International Association for Professional Congress Organisers (IAPCO) has united eight National PCO Associations for the first time in its 52-year history to connect and share Covid-19-related data and case studies. The primary focus of the international strategic task force, chaired by Monica Freire, IAPCO Council Member, is to use combined expertise to create and distribute safe practice gu...