Today (10 March), EN editor Saul Leese spoke to BBC business correspondent Ben Thompson about the size of the event industry, the impact the coronavirus has had on it, and what the government needs to do in order to help the industry.
Leese commented: “We’re grateful to the government for not panicking under immense pressure…There’s a lot of money moving around in events and if you do choose to cancel events (by moving to the ‘delay phase’) and it is an incredibly brave decision, because you are effectively cutting off almost every single trading opportunity for British companies and that could have catastrophic effects on UK Plc.”
To be absolutely clear. The 1-2% of events cancelled (Not postponed) in the UK I referred in my interview on the BBC is specifically about exhibitions (Not conferences, corporate events, music festivals etc). That’s around 40-60 exhibitions in total i.e. London Book Fair.
See the interview above.