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Safe, secure, and successful events to restart at ExCeL London

20 July 2020

Following the announcement that business events and conferences can restart from 1st October, ExCeL London has outlined its reopening plan, for safe, organised events.

Jeremy Rees, CEO, ExCeL London: “We are delighted that the government has confirmed the timetable for when business events and conferences can resume. Having played a full role in supporting the NHS, providing all of our facilities for the Nightingale Hospital, we are now looking forward to playing an equally active role in the nation’s economic recovery. The vast majority of the venue (90%) has been restored to its original state, with the remaining space secured as equipment storage for NHS Nightingale. This ongoing support will not impact the normal operation of our venue and we look forward to hosting safe, secure, and successful business events and conferences from 1st October onwards.”

ExCeL has been working with the AEV (Association of Event Venues) and other key stakeholders to develop the All Secure Standard, an industry wide benchmark to enable the safe return of organised events.

In addition, the venue has developed its own set of safety principles to help guide customers through the event planning process, including new social distancing measures, cleaning regimes, F&B protocols and training, as detailed here:

Notes to editors:

  • ExCeL hosts 400 events annually, welcoming 4 million visitors and 40,000 exhibitors
  • Events hosted at ExCeL deliver £4.5bn in economic impact, supporting 37,600 jobs and driving 25% of London’s inbound business tourists
  • The UK events industry is the sixth largest sector in the UK, worth £70bn, supporting 700,000 jobs
  • 30,000 event industry jobs have been put at risk due to the COVID-19 pandemic


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