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UK Government and PHE sign off All Secure Standard, but go-date still missing

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UK Government and PHE sign off All Secure Standard, but go-date still missing

20 Nov 2020

The Association of Event Organisers (AEO), together with the and the Association of Event Venues (AEV) and Events Supplier and Services Association (ESSA) has  confirmed that the industry's All Secure Expo Pilot has been signed off by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and Public Health England, 19 November.

This means the authorities now recognise the competency of the industry to put on safe and controlled business events by following the All Secure Standard, following weeks of work by the three associations and their members.

The All Secure Standard, which covers exhibitions and large conferences, began development during the summer, and culminated with the All Secure Expo Pilot event at the BDC, London, on 2 September, 2020, demonstrating that a return to live events during the Covid-pandemic was perfectly plausible, provided a clear set of protocols and guidelines were in place.

Watch the pilot review


 

The All Secure Standard, set out by AEO, AEV and ESSA, and their stakeholders, provides a framework of guidance and risk assessments to ensure a safe return to live exhibitions. All the work has now been approved by the UK government.

Rachel Parker, AEV director, warmly welcomed the news on behalf of all three associations. She said: "This is the culmination of a great deal of effort by all three associations and their members to restart live events in the UK. Despite the colossal damage inflicted on our industry by this virus, the government's approval of the All Secure Expo Pilot and the framework that underpins this process means that we have proven the case for a safe return.

"This is the foundation for continuing our work to develop a road map towards re-opening our sector."

Read the All Secure Standard here.

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    Emma Barrett
    Broadway Events
  • "We are a member of the AEO because it is a proactive association for the events industry. As an organiser it provides us with high value ideas, networking, guidance and information."
    David Harrison
    PPMA Group
  • "This year, the association has led working groups to address industry issues and put on some amazing events full of insightful content for both organisers and, through the AEOs FaceTime initiative, exhibitors. In addition, the AEO has represented the industry at a Governmental level to raise awareness of the importance of events to the UK economy."
    Paul Byrom
    Upper Street Events
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    Simon Kimble
    Clarion Events
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    Simon Parker
    Informa Markets
  • "As an Association business, we appreciate the excellent work the secretariat of the AEO do for our community. From the events side of our business, the AEO provides an excellent return on investment, providing thought leadership, fantastic networking, brilliant awards, excellent research and FaceTime, a valuable tool to tell our markets why exhibitions and events should be an essential part of the marketing mix."
    Neil Felton
    FESPA
  • "AEO’s networking and member meetings are valuable for individuals at all levels within our organisation. The promotion of our sector to the outside world, to government, authorities and business at large is another vital aspect of the AEO’s purpose for members, many of whom, like my company, work on events throughout the world."
    Stephen Brooks
    Mack Brooks Exhibitions
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    John Whitaker
    Vice President Marketing, Data & Digital , dmg events
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    Emma Cartmell
    CHS Group
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    Sharon Azam
    GovNet Communications
  • I just wanted to send my most sincere thanks for everything that you and the AEO team are doing to help navigate the events industry through the pandemic. The working groups and communication from the AEO have been excellent and I’m really appreciative of being part of such a wonderful organisation.
    Simon Burns
    ICHF Events
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    Greg Cherry
    QD Events LTD
  • It is so useful to hear from your peers at this time. Please pass my thanks to Ruth and the BTIG panel
    Dan Assor
    CloserStill Media
  • Just wanted to thank you and Ruth this morning for the Zoom meeting - it was really interesting to hear how things are moving along in the virtual/hybrid meeting/exhibitions. All very new to me, so a lot to digest.
    Maureen Wright
    Optic UK
  • The session this morning was fantastic. We are right in the midst of this and the information was so useful. We can apply it immediately
    Claire Adams
    FESPA

 

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