Events Industry Updates

Boris Johnson is set to make an official announcement about his exit from lockdown strategy on Monday 22nd February, which may or may not also include information about venues reopening and kickstarting events. The Prime Minister has hinted that a national approach may be a better strategy rather than regional tiers this time around. However, the devolved governments in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland will be responsible for setting their own social gathering rules and COVID-19 restrictions. Key data to inform any decisions made will be vaccine rollout, Covid infection rates, hospital admissions and mortality rates.

UK Weddings Taskforce Update

The UK Weddings Taskforce have had a busy week, including a meeting with 10 Downing Street to propose solutions for reopening, along with further discussions with Minister Paul Scully MP and the Treasury. MP's and Government officials have asked the UK Weddings Taskforce to clarify its position which has been addressed overnight. 

It is more important than ever that this week we are giving a strong message as to what we need for our industry to reopen safely.  Please see attached UK Weddings Taskforce statement from Chris Naylor, Chair.  Key updates for the week include:

  • Number 10 confirmed that the UK Weddings Taskforce’s solution for a safe reopening of the wedding industry will be included in presentations to the Prime Minister’s COVID Taskforce.
  • Minister Paul Scully MP and his BEIS department has lobbied the Treasury for the sector-specific support package we proposed.
  • Taskforce Spokesperson Sarah Haywood made a number of media appearances, including on Sky News and ITV News to discuss the Taskforce’s work so far, plus interviews with the Daily Mail and Mirror.
  • Appeared live on Instagram (12th February), straight after Sarah’s TV interview, to answer the questions couples and businesses have been sending in. We’ve received hundreds of questions, and we will do our best to make sure everyone has answers. 

For further information visit the website.

5th Annual UK Wedding Report for 2021 Released
In the past year, the wedding industry has weathered the most difficult storm we’ve seen in decades, while couples and businesses alike have persevered with strength, patience and resilience. Now at the start of 2021, we look forward to an optimistic recovery for weddings with a boom about to begin from all the postponements of 2020.

As an industry, it is also imperative that we understand the life and routines of millennial couples so we can better meet their needs as they plan their weddings. This tech-savvy researching generation does everything on their mobile phones and our businesses will thrive if we can deliver more mobile-friendliness, personalisation, and social proof into their wedding planning experience. 

Bridebook has released its 5th annual UK Wedding Report looking ahead to 2021 and beyond. Download here

We Make Events Campaign Events sector urgently needs more support to survive the Covid-19 crisis

Live events around the world have been devastated, from major festivals and landmark theatres, to grassroots venues and business events. Without urgent support from the government, the entire supply chain is at risk of collapse. Join the growing collective of businesses, organisations, freelancers, and public figures who are raising awareness of the events and entertainment industry through social media, writing to the government, and planned outdoor activities with #WeMakeEvents hard-hitting campaign. 

Go to the #WeMakeEvents website