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Events Industry Forum (EIF) Update

AFO members will be aware that our Gen. Sec. was prominent in the formation of Events Industry Forum (EIF). As publishers of the Purple Guide funds raised are often awarded as grants to projects that will benefit the outdoor events industry. However, this year the directors decided to engage a parliamentary lobbyist to keep our industries work up there. During the Covid-19 crisis Bingham and Bingham have been doing sterling work on all our behalf, briefed by the forums Sec. Jim Winship and Chair Steve Heap.

This is an update on current work in support of Festivals and Events.

  1. The EIF/DCMS guidance for outdoor events should be updated tomorrow.
  2. Theresa Villiers, new chair of our APPG, will be asking a question in the House of Commons tomorrow about the government’s plans for the full reopening of the events sector and what consideration is being given to a government backed insurance scheme.
  3. We are pursuing both insurance and funding for our sector through a number of channels via Andrew Bingham, the lobbyist we are employing – he has recently been in touch with the Arts Council about giving us access to the shortfall in the Culture Recovery Fund; briefed both Nigel Huddleston MP and Caroline Dinenage MP at DCMS on the vital need for support for our sector;  briefed Nadine Dorries MP (Health Minister) on the issues around Directors of Public Health and the lack of support from PHE; briefed Theresa Villiers and Robert Largan (APPG Vice Chair) on the outdoor sector.  
  4. News today that the German Government is underwriting event insurance to the tune of £2.5 billion should help our cause – see
  5. TESA ,one of EIF members is involved in a pilot for testing in the food industry which should give us (and the Government) a better grasp of the effectiveness of rapid testing – there are also plans for the Government to undertake a regulatory review of commercial testing which might help identifying the reputable tests out there.   The current expectation for vaccinations to start having a real effect from NHS/Government officials is apparently the summer assuming everything goes well.   They are still not entirely sure how effective the vaccines will prove to be.

Association of Festival Organisers (AFO): 10th Dec 2020 10:26:00

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