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Article published 22/05/2020

Over the last few weeks the Events Directorate have been holding a series of virtual forums with the Scottish events industry to gather insight into the impact of Covid-19 on the sector.

More than 120 senior representatives from across the sector, including event organisers, local authorities, venues and the supply chain, have taken part in 21 forums. Each person brought their expertise and personal experience to the table, and engaged in collaborative, constructive and open exchanges.

Today (22 May) a summary of the feedback from the forums has been published and is available here. The feedback has been grouped into key themes that emerged across the conversations.  

The publication of the feedback from the forums follows the Scottish Government outlining its four-phase route map on how Scotland will move carefully and gradually out of lockdown, with events featuring in phases three and four. In phase three live events may be able to take place with restricted numbers and physical distancing restrictions in place, while in phase four large-scale events and mass gatherings could resume in line with public health advice.

Together with the work already being done by the Events Directorate, this wealth of information and feedback has led to the establishment of five key industry workstreams within the Directorate to provide the leadership, support and guidance the industry is looking for along with the mechanism by which to do it.

The five workstreams will look at funding; advice and guidance for running events; research and signposting to innovative and new ways of delivering events virtually; establishment of an events advisory group; and understand the issues and challenges being faced by suppliers into the events industry.

I’d like to take the opportunity to thank everyone who took part in the virtual forums. Your input has been invaluable and will ensure we develop a sustainable recovery plan for the industry.

The forums were just the start of this process and we will continue to engage with the industry as work progresses and provide regular updates via our channels. I will also be taking part in VisitScotland’s webinar series on the 2 June to discuss the impact of Covid-19 on the events industry and look ahead to how we will operate in the new norm.

There is still a long way to go, however, with the unveiling of the Scottish Government’s four-phase route map and the intel gathered from the forums, we are moving in a positive direction to prepare the events industry to get back to business when the time comes.