Thursday’s Cabinet meeting at Glasgow’s SECC went off without a hitch, despite the potential difficulties posed by demonstrators and a packed schedule that saw the Cabinet feature alongside a circus act and UK RnB artist Lemar.
The event, the first Cabinet meeting to be held in Scotland in 88 years and the latest stop in the Cabinet’s tour of UK cities, was held at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC). And according to the SECC’s director of sales, Ben Goedegebuure, the event was surprisingly ‘uneventful’.
“It ran very smoothly. People had expected – and we were prepared for – demonstrators, because that’s what you get at these events. But that wasn’t really the case,” said Goedegebuure. “There was a small protest in front of the building but there were a lot of police and security officers around, as well as measures we put in place such as barriers for the people attending.”
Security issues aside, much of the event’s success was as a result of thorough operational planning required to fit the event into the venue’s busy schedule. “The cabinet meeting ran on the same day as Quidam; a Cirque Du Soleil event held in the evening, and also on the same day we had Lemar in our large auditorium. So we had three big things going on but it went incredibly well,” said Goedegebuure.