Naidex has confirmed it is working hard behind the scenes to ensure this year’s show can return safely.
Organisers explained how the UK events industry has been hit with an unprecedented year following the COVID-19 pandemic but the good news is that it is gearing up to help kickstart the economy and Naidex is proud to be a part of this.
As part of the statement released, the team behind the show stated: “Our priority for Naidex is to support everyone who is living with health conditions or impairments, as well as anyone caring for or supplying to this community.
“We have been working closely with the NEC, Birmingham and internally to implement a number of measures, to ensure we can deliver a safe and meaningful event for the disability and independent living industries.”
The events industry is still awaiting confirmation from the Government on official guidance, however the ‘All Secure Standard Document’ has been in development in recent months.
Naidex says it believes the UK Government will endorse this manual as a best practice guidance for the safe organising and delivery of exhibitions.
The statement went on: “In the meantime, the NEC, Birmingham have developed the NEC Venue Protect which details everything the venue is doing to keep our exhibitors, partners and visitors as safe as possible.
“In more positive news for the NEC, the Piazza and a number of retail outlets reopened on the 15th June, allowing visitors to walk through from Birmingham International Train Station, through the venue and access the wider NEC campus.”
The NEC is also actively supporting Project Confidence, the AEO, AEV and ESSA led initiative that provides a unified approach for communications that will help rebuild confidence in live events and reassure visitors that they’ll be provided with safe environments.
In addition, they are actively engaging with other industries, in particular retail, as they return to business so they can learn from best practice in other sectors.