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Silver Linings: the sun continues to shine upon the events industry

As coronavirus continues to shock the UK, the events industry is innovating and taking on the pandemic any way it can.

The transformation of ExCeL London into a field hospital NHS Nightingale to treat up to 4,000 showed just how vital the event industry and its auxiliary facilities are to the UK.

“We are proud to be able to accommodate the increasing demand for hospital beds and will work with the NHS to facilitate this request,” said ExCeL London CEO Jeremy Rees. “The team at ExCeL London will ensure that we work with the Government and relevant authorities to support their efforts in seeing the British people and the UK through this unprecedented crisis.”

ExCeL London isn’t alone in its efforts to help the nation through the pandemic. Here’s what other industry professionals have been doing to support their communities during this difficult time.

Dotted Lines

“As a new business owner, it’s been a crazy year and not without its challenges, that’s for sure. It’s been a successful first year for Dotted Lines Events, delivering events for clients in the UK and worldwide. It’s kept me on my toes, and I’ve loved every minute.

“The situation we all find ourselves in is certainly a different pace of life for an experienced #eventprof. It’s allowing me time to refocus my priorities, get my admin in order, plan an exciting year two when we’re through Covid-19, and play lots more games with my young family. We’re in this together and our industry has proved that by how we have rallied to ensure survival. It’s inspiring – that’s my silver lining!” – Jennifer Houlihan, owner and manager Dotted Lines 

Nobody should go without

Following closures of local museums and galleries to support efforts to contain the spread of Coronavirus, the events and catering teams at National Museums Liverpool have donated a number of crucial food items and ingredients, alongside bottled soft drinks, to Knowsley’s Big Help Project food bank.

The contribution included a variety of produce that was no longer required or was due to go out of date after National Museums Liverpool announced that its venues would be temporarily closed in line with government advice.

The Big Help Project in Knowsley provides supplies to locals who are living through a food crisis. The initiative accepts donations from a variety of sources including businesses, churches, schools and individuals. The project has ten centres across the Knowsley area where locals can redeem their vouchers. – National Museums Liverpool

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