Revolution Events and Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce confirm postponement of the South East’s leading construction event
With minor outbreaks of Covid-19 still occurring around the UK and no clear scientific guidance on business conference and exhibitions, Revolution Events and Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce have pro-actively decided to postpone this year’s Kent Construction Expo to February 2021.
The decision is a direct response to the continued uncertainty around running large scale public gatherings as the lockdown continues to ease, combined with an urgent need to finalise arrangements for this major annual event in the construction industry diary.
Jo James, Chief Executive of Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce said:
“We are obviously disappointed to be postponing this year’s event, which was shaping up to be another fantastic outing in spite of the disruption caused by Covid-19. However, we have a primary duty of care towards the safety of our delegates, exhibitors, sponsors, staff and speakers. We are also determined that Kent Construction Expo should always deliver a high quality experience that is not compromised by external factors, so with less than three months until the original date and many people still concerned about meeting face-to-face, we feel it is better for us to defer until early-Spring than to risk a slightly subdued event in October – however disappointing this may be in the short-term.”
Scientific opinion is still divided on the most effective precautions to protect larger groups of people at live events and there is very little government advice around business conferences and exhibitions, despite their huge potential for helping to kickstart the UK economy. The event industry itself has proposed a wide array of innovative measures to create ‘Covid-secure’ environments – including contactless registration systems, socially distanced exhibition areas and the live streaming of popular conference sessions – but it is still awaiting the green light on which to implement and when.
Nick Litton, Joint Managing Director at Revolution Events said:
“I would like to reassure all of our customers that we are constantly monitoring the prevailing health & safety risks for live events and we already have a range of precautions planned to reduce physical contact and proximity at our events, which we are ready to implement as soon as we get the go-ahead from government. As always, we are 100% committed to providing highly productive opportunities for decision makers to learn, meet and do business together – which we will now be doing on 11th February 2021 instead of later this year.”
Thursday 1st October 2020 (Virtual Conference): www.kentconstructionlive.co.uk
Thursday 11th February 2021 (Expo): www.kentconstructionexpo.com