Leading conference and exhibition centre NAEC Stoneleigh has welcomed the government’s announcement that event venues will be permitted to reopen from October 1, subject to pilot schemes and industry guidelines.
The events industry has been heavily affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, with venues across the country having to close their doors.
However, the government’s announcement has come as a welcome boost for NAEC Stoneleigh, which is based at Kenilworth’s Stoneleigh Park and the venue has been working hard to ensure that it is ready.
Chris Hartley, managing director at NAEC Stoneleigh, said: “We’re delighted to be able to reopen but our key priority is to make sure our delegates, exhibitors and visitors feel safe and are fully protected at all times.
“The return of event activity will be under rigorous health and safety measures, developed in partnership by the venue, event organisers and industry associations.
“We have introduced, and will continue to review, stringent health and safety measures to ensure all our events can take place in a safe and controlled environment.
“These have been developed in line with the industry’s ‘All Secure Standard’, a best practice guide published by the Events Industry Alliance and endorsed by UK Government as the framework for the safe delivery of conferences, trade shows and exhibitions.
“By working collaboratively with all of our customers, contractors, partners and stakeholders, we know we can get back to delivering what everybody wants – great events – which are also safe events, while recognising that each one is different and presents its own unique challenges."