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BVEP launches survey to gauge reopening strategies for events

The Business Visits & Events Partnership (BVEP), the umbrella body for the UK’s events industry, has launched a reopening survey.

With the Government recently announcing that live events could take place again from 1 October, the ‘BVEP Partner Events Reopening Survey’ is intended to provide an insight into how industry suppliers across the country are preparing to reopen safely, ahead of the proposed restart date.

The survey features just six short questions that will allow the BVEP to collate its event professionals’ perspectives as well as determine what extra support the industry needs from the government ahead of the proposed reopening date on the 1 October 2020.

The questions focus on the percentage of business event bookings respondents are expected to take from October onwards, what size events they already have booked, types of venue they’ve chosen and how likely they think October is as a restart date.

BVEP chair, Simon Hughes said: “We are encouraging our industry colleagues to respond to this survey as openly and as honestly as possible.

“We want to understand what else venues and businesses from us and government ahead of 1 October so it can thrive once again after a few very difficult months.”

The BVEP has also been vocal in the much-needed support from the government for the events industry.

Recently, Hughes, on behalf of the BVEP called for measures including:

  • Dedicated support for the freelance talent and the vast number of SME businesses that make up the event industry who require specific support, as many have not benefitted from any of the existing measures that have been put in place so far and many continue to face significant hardship.
  • A significant and sector-specific Recovery Fund from the Government that will help kickstart and rebuild the events industry over the next three years.

The full BVEP Partner Events Reopening Survey can be accessed here.