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EventFlash 10/06/20: European calls to get events going by September

The European Major Exhibition Centres Association is calling for the reopening of exhibitions on the continent by 1 September at the latest. Meanwhile, Melvin Benn, Managing Director of Festival Republic, has released a detailed plan which encourages the use of festivals and live events as incentives to increase Covid-19 testing.

Mash Sessions: Change is coming

Rick Stainton, the founder of multi-award-winning agency Smyle, offers frank insight into the changes and opportunities the events industry is going to have to face as a result of the Covid-19 crisis.


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Global Exhibitions Day 2020 takes place 3 June, and to mark the occasion, Mash Media has put together a compilation from some of the UK's leading exhibition organisers. In the video, the organisers explain the value of their events, to not only the economy, but to the people they serve.

Mash Sessions: Venues of the future

Post Covid-19, a leading psychologist has predicted that more and more people will continue to work from home and we will see the death of the traditional office. If people do continue to work remotely they will crave time and space to actually meet with their colleagues – not just once a year at the big company conference, but maybe once a month or once a week… and if it’s only occasionally, why should companies pay each month for an office that is hardly used? They would be much better to have a contract with a training and meetings venue to book regular time for their teams to meet.

Mash Sessions: Cheerful times

In this Mash Session, Cheerful Twentyfirst founder Steve Quah suggests Covid-19 has pushed the reset button on the events industry, and new strategy director Hannah Luffman believes now is the time to shake up the priorities, putting sustainability top of the agenda.

Mash Sessions: Getting venue-ready post-Covid-19

What can a venue do to help reassure organisers and entice delegates back to events? Social distancing measures may see events for up to 50 be the first back and therefore venues will have to create safe spaces for delegates to meet and eat. Victory Service Club’s Mark Field discusses his experience of the venue’s recent re-opening as a Key Worker Hotel and the intricate planning and logistics that the conversion entailed.

The International View

What can the UK learn from other countries?

The International Viewpoint: what can the UK learn as countries begin to open up for international business?


As part of Hire Space's digital event series, Conference & Meetings World and Exhibition World editor Paul Colston was joined by two representatives who share insights into the current situation in both Germany and China. What the guidance is for the events sectors locally, how it impacts events happening now as well as those that are on the horizon, and any learnings the UK can take from this?