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Patch launches Virtually Live London

Patch has launched Virtually Live London, a virtual event, which aims to provide venue buyers working from home, the opportunity to see London venues, discover the surrounding neighbourhoods and become familiar with its transport links.

This virtual event will be hosted on Zoom and will take the crowd of buyers on a virtual tube, down virtual streets, until they arrive at the venue’s virtual door. Then the venue will have the opportunity to present, using a 3D tour to walk participants through their venue room by room.

There are 15 venues confirmed include SCongress Centre, Central Hall Westminster, the Barbican, the HAC, 10 – 11 Carlton House Terrace, The RSA, Old Royal Naval College and Prince Philip House.

The confirmed buyers include Hire Space, Canvas Events and Trinity Conferences, who will also invite its agent partners who use their Edge platform.

Jackson Clark, managing director, Patch, said: “What I’m hearing from buyers and venues is that without events taking place, they have more time than ever for training and research.”

Clark added that the industry's sentiment over the last few weeks has been very much about sticking together and helping each other during these tough times.

He continued: “There's no cost for venues or buyers to attend Virtually London Live as it's designed in the spirit of the industry to provide a lifeline for both venues and agents.”

Edward Poland, co-founder, Hire Space, said: “We’re still placing bookings for later in the year through Hire Space Professional so the need for our venue experts to keep learning about new venues hasn’t gone away.

“We’re really excited to be a part of this and hope it’s something that will bring the whole industry together.”

Jacqui Kavanagh CEO of Trinity Event Holdings Ltd, said: “It’s a great initiative and will enable our agents to continue expanding their venue knowledge at a time when they otherwise couldn’t.

Kavanagh concluded: “Every Trinity agent needs to visit 100 venues per year, so this will contribute to that continuous knowledge building that is essential to us as an agency.”