In a united effort to kickstart the events market, many U.K. industry associations and prominent leaders in the sector have teamed up to create and support UKickstart Event 2020, taking place on Tuesday, September 8 at 2 p.m. This free-to-attend, nationwide, multi-hub live and virtual event will bring together meeting and event leaders and professionals who want to drive the U.K. to have the confidence to start meeting again.
The event aims to bring the industry together for the first time since lockdown at several U.K.-wide venue hubs to demonstrate the power of events and showcase the industry’s role in the economy and its plans for the future.
The initiative is being spearheaded by etc.venues and supported by industry bodies such as Business Visits and Events Partnership (BVEP), HBAA, Meetings Industry Association (MIA), Visit Britain, ILEA, MPI, Association of British Professional Conference Organizers (ABPCO), EMA, AEO, Event Supplier and Services Association (ESSA), EVCOM, AEV and the London Convention Bureau.
A discussion panel of influential leaders will include a minister from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS), Tracy Halliwell MBE, director of tourism, conventions and major events at London and Partners, and Simon Hughes, chairman of BVEP. Topics will include "Government Guidance for October 1," "How we got here as an industry" and "What the future holds for business events." Additional sessions and guests will be announced in time.
Attendees can register to attend the event in-person at their nearest Live Hub, which will be located in major cities across the U.K., such as London, Birmingham, Manchester, Farnborough, Liverpool and Belfast, with more locations to be announced soon. Up to 30 people will be able to attend in person at each venue.
Adam Simpson, director of marketing of etc.venues, said in a press statement, “Confidence levels for events and meetings are on an upward climb. We want to continue to inspire confidence and this was why we felt it was important to be the driving force for a united industry-wide effort by creating UKickstart Event 2020. We hope this event will demonstrate the power of face-to-face events and act as a catalyst to kick-start the events industry.”
To register: www.eventbrite.co.uk.