The ACC Liverpool campus has announced that it is set to reopen for large scale events from October.
The venue will host a number of events across its venues which comprise of ACC Liverpool, Exhibition Centre Liverpool and M&S Bank Arena.
The first in will be The Good Business Festival on 8 October. It will be a hybrid live and digital event bringing together those in business, including senior business leaders, from global companies including Google, Mastercard, Innocent, Oxfam, TUC, Greenpeace, Eden Project and Ipsos MORI, to debate the issues facing a post-pandemic world.
On 12 October, the campus will host a tour and VIP reception for delegates from ALSD International, a European event for the premium/VIP seat and sports hospitality sector, which takes place at Anfield.
The Ultimate Show, a new automotive event featuring stance, performance and modified vehicles, will take place in the M&S Bank Arena on 18 October. The arena will also host The Gin to my Tonic Presents the Christmas Drinks Show from 13-15 November, giving visitors the opportunity to meet the makers behind more than 50 premium craft spirit brands.
The campus has introduced new compliance plans, in line with the government approved ‘All Secure Standard’ and as part of a series of accreditations received, including VisitEngland’s ‘We’re Good to Go’ industry standard and the Meetings Industry Association’s ‘AIM Secure’ standard for business events.
Measures include protective screens at welcome desks; hand sanitisers throughout including wall-mounted and free-standing; one-way systems; anti-viral electrostatic spraying machines; socially distanced meeting rooms and bathrooms as well as new digital and print messaging across the campus. All future events will be operating with social distancing and Covid-secure measures in place.
The ACC Liverpool Group is a member of the event industry initiative ‘Project Confidence’ consisting of partners across industry bodies Event Supplier and Services Association (ESSA), the Association of Event Organisers (AEO) and the Association of Event Venues (AEV).
Bob Prattey, chief executive of The ACC Liverpool Group, said: “This has been a very challenging seven months for the events industry and we have liaised with our clients throughout this period to rearrange dates so that we are ready to go when we are able to.
“We will continue to closely monitor government updates in relation to the October 1 start date for business events and guidance for our industry, working closely with our clients and industry colleagues to plan for our restart.
“Currently, we are pleased to be able to host a diverse range of events over the coming months across all sectors – conference, entertainment and exhibitions – and are looking forward to welcoming people back and returning to what we do best – hosting top class events.
“We are pleased to be able to once again support and stimulate the visitor economy during this very difficult time and help the city get back on its feet. The health and safety of our visitors remains our number one priority and we would like to reassure all guests that, as a Covid-secure venue, stringent measures are already in place.”