The Business Visits & Events Partnership (BVEP), the advocacy group for the UK’s £70 billion events industry, has today welcomed the relaxation of the current two metre physical distancing rule and the planned opening of parts of the sector, but has called ‘shameful’ the fact that events were not specifically referred to in the Prime Ministers statement in the House of Commons today.
Despite a significant amount of planning work being done by the industry over recent weeks and, more importantly, the lack of any indication as to when live events can resume, once again the events industry has been ignored. As a result, the BVEP continues to warn that the sector is at significant risk of major business failures, resulting in substantial job losses, and will now strongly push the Government to provide further support for the industry beyond October.
The BVEP fully acknowledges the huge amount of work that was required to develop the series of Covid secure guidance documents, which were created in partnership with Government and with direct input from various BVEP partners, including for outdoor events the Events Industry Forum (EIF), exhibition, trade and consumer show guidance from the Association of Event Organisers (AEO) and conference and meetings guidance from the Meetings Industry Association (MIA). The BVEP website will have links available shortly to the guidance produced by the industry that will form part of the overall guidance produced for the Visitor Economy by DCMS.
The BVEP, which represents the vast majority of associations across the UK events sector, along with all of the leading destinations, has continued to warn that if the industry is not allowed to open up safely as quickly as possible, it risks losing in excess of £50 billion of direct spend and the loss of over 500,000 jobs. It has also continued to make the case that the UK has a world class industry which has the ability, if allowed, to use the power of events to provide world class solutions to help deliver economic and cultural benefits, drive our industrial strategy, secure jobs and reinforce our international reputation.