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Harrogate Convention Centre hosts pilot event

Harrogate Convention Centre hosted its first event since being converted to a nightingale hospital, The Home and Gift Buyers’ Festival and the Manchester Furniture Show took place on 18-21 July.

The event attracted 10,000 visitors to Harrogate, with an estimated economic impact of £750,000. All attendees were required to certify either two vaccinations at least two weeks prior to attending or a negative NHS Lateral Flow Test at least 48 hours before attending.

QEII launches cartoon series to celebrate re-opening

The QEII Centre, London, has created a cartoon series to celebrate the UK events industry’s ability to meet face-to-face once again. 

Diane Waldron, director of sales and marketing at The QEII Centre, said: “The business meetings and events industry has done a phenomenal job over the last 18 months despite most face-to-face events not being able to go ahead.”

Living live at International Confex

Despite delays and the UK Government’s best efforts, International Confex is going ahead 1-2 September 2021. The conference aims to bring together the events industry to plan for the next steps post-pandemic.

We spoke with two International Confex advisory board members, Liz Taylor, CEO, Taylor Lynn Corporation and Kate Bullard, events manager, Baker Mckenzie about returning to the show floor this September.

Live and in colour

The Covid Gap Year

Choosing what to read at university is a rather daunting process. One tries to strike the balance of choosing something you will enjoy while offering great career prospects. This was something I felt I had smashed when excitedly confirming my place to read events management and marketing at the University of Brighton back in 2016. Not only would the knowledge and skills gained be extremely transferable, but career opportunities would be abundant because people are always attending events, right?

New July date chosen for the CN Agency Awards 2021

Following the recent changes in restrictions laid out by the government, Conference News have decided to postpone the CN Agency Awards until 22 July at Tobacco Dock.

The decision came after much deliberation and once the full extent of the new restrictions were understood by the Conference News team.

Should the event have gone ahead on the original date of 1 July, the following restrictions would have applied as per government guidelines:

Back to work

September is when many organisations predict that their staff will return to the office. Jill Hawkins explores how this can be achieved safely