The ACC Liverpool Group has welcomed news that business events and conferences may be able to restart from autumn.
Max Steinberg, chair of The ACC Liverpool Group together with Joe Anderson, mayor of Liverpool, and Marcus Magee, chair of the Liverpool Hospitality Association, were one of the many people urging the government to provide a timeline for the return of business events warning of the “existential threat” to the continued viability of the city’s multi-billion pound visitor economy.
Bob Prattey, chief executive of The ACC Liverpool Group, operators of ACC Liverpool, Exhibition Centre Liverpool and M&S Bank Arena, said: “We welcome the news that conferences, business events and live entertainment will be able to restart from autumn subject to the success of pilot events.
“Our teams have been working behind the scenes to ensure that we are able to offer a safe environment for bringing organised events and large numbers of delegates back together again.
“Our campus has been operational throughout this time – working as a distribution centre for Liverpool City Council – therefore all social distancing protocols and management have already become second nature to our teams.
“While we understand the restart is subject to the successful completion of pilot events – and events will look somewhat different to what we have previously been used to – we welcome the challenges this new landscape will bring.”
In Liverpool alone, the business events sector is worth over £3.3bn a year, contributes 48% of business rates and supports 38,000 jobs across Liverpool.
Prattey added: “We would like to reassure all visitors that we are prepared and very much looking forward to opening our doors again as soon as we are able to do so.”
The ACC Liverpool Group is also a member of the event industry initiative ‘Project Confidence’ consisting of partners across industry bodies ESSA (Event Supplier and Services Association), the AEO (Association of Event Organisers) and AEV (Association of Event Venues) in readiness for the return of events.
The venue has already received Covid-19 secure accreditation from Visit England, through its ‘Good to Go’ consumer standard and the Meetings Industry Association’s ‘AIM Secure’ standard for business events.