Following weeks of work by the three associations and their members, ESSA, AEO and AEV receive official recognition and sign-off of of the Industry's All Secure Expo Pilot.

The Events Supplier and Services Association (ESSA), together with the Association of Event Organisers (AEO) and the Association of Event Venues (AEV) has today, November 18, 2020, announced the official recognition and sign-off of the industry's All Secure Expo Pilot.

This recognises the competency of the industry to put on safe and controlled business events by following the All Secure Standard, following weeks of work by the three associations and their members.

The All Secure Standard began development during the summer, and culminated with the All Secure Expo Pilot event at the BDC, London, on Sept 2, 2020, clearly demonstrating that a return to live events during the Covid-pandemic was perfectly plausible, provided a clear set of protocols and guidelines were in place.

The All Secure Standard, set out by ESSA, AEO and AEV, and their stakeholders, provides a framework of guidance and risk assessments to ensure a safe return to live exhibitions. All the work has now been approved by the UK government.

Rachel Parker, AEV director, warmly welcomed the news on behalf of all three associations, saying, "This is the culmination of a great deal of effort by all three associations and their members to restart live events in the UK. Despite the colossal damage inflicted on our industry by this virus, the government's approval of the All Secure Expo Pilot and the framework that underpins this process means that we have proven the case for a safe return.

Parker concluded, "This is the foundation for continuing our work to develop a road map towards re-opening our sector."

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