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Business Design Centre accredited under Hire Space’s Safer Venues programme 

The Business Design Centre in Islington, London has been accredited under Hire Space’s Safer Venues programme, and is now advertised to corporate planners and agencies on the platform as demonstrating the highest levels of safety in its approach to events. 

Going above and beyond government guidelines in helping venues to communicate confidently with their clients, Hire Space’s accreditation offers digital training for venue staff, communication packs, and practical guidance in addition to independent certification from a chartered member of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). 

Safety measures required for accreditation are published in the Safer Events - A Framework for Action white paper, which is being followed by over 1500 events businesses and informed by a Consultation Group of over 50 corporate event planners, including Reuters Events, Hearst UK, NAVEX Global, Vertu Motors plc and Morningstar. 

Kate Simpson, Marketing & Communications Director at the Business Design Centre, said: “Having made the venue COVID secure at an early stage, we were pleased to work with Hire Space in adopting their accreditation. We work with many of their suppliers and organisers and felt that the advanced measures they were asking accredited users of their platform to implement was the best way to reassure all parties that the most stringent guidance was being followed. The responsibility is shared by everyone operating events, not just an organiser or a venue, so giving attendees a holistic seal of approval such as this, says clearly that an event is safe to attend providing much-needed reassurance at a crucial time for the industry.”

As part of the accreditation, venues receive a framed certificate with unique assessment number and hologram, a digital certificate with unique assessment number, a set of Safer Venue window decals, and £50 voucher to spend at Hire Space’s Safer Event Shop. They are also promoted as a Safer Venue on hirespace.com, which last year attracted 5 million views from event planners. 

Benjamin Edmonds, Head of Promotions at Hire Space said: “The Business Design Centre has led from the front since the beginning of lockdown in developing safety guidance, so we’re delighted to have them on board as a Safer Venue. They set a fantastic example of best practice in venue management, so we’re looking forward to promoting their certification to our clients.

The Hire Space accreditation takes all guidance from the government and goes a step further in giving venues the practical resources to actively inspire confidence in their clients and get them booking again. This is all the more important now that the government has announced a start date for events.”

Venues looking to become accredited, or to undertake the digital COVID-19 training course, can apply here.