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Itís ok, itís never caught fire ...

Itís ok, itís never caught fire ...

18th July 2017

It has been brought to our attention that some members have insurance policies that do not include any use of fire anywhere on their site.  I strongly recommend that you check yours. For instance: Camp Fires Lantern Parades Torch Light Processions Fireworks Chinese Lanterns (which you really should not be using) Fire eaters and breathers in str...

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DATA - European legislation (GDPR)

DATA - European legislation (GDPR)

18th July 2017

It looks like the Europeans may be sending us a little bit more regulation before we drop out. This may not be a bad thing. Read on for more information on the General Data Protection Regulation which seeks to create a harmonised data protection law framework across the EU and aims to give citizens back the control for their personal data whilst imposing strict rules on those hosting and proces...

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Event and festival organisers asked to be vigilant regarding cloned SIA licenses

Event and festival organisers asked to be vigilant regarding cloned SIA licenses

14th July 2017

The following information is sent to event and festival organisers, event security providers and related associations to mitigate the risk caused by unlicensed staff. The SIA is investigating event security provider LS Armour Security Ltd of Barry, South Wales following allegations that the company supplied unlicensed operatives using fraudulent (cloned) SIA badges at festivals in the U...

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Over 30m people attended live music events in 2016

Over 30m people attended live music events in 2016

11th July 2017

UK Music has launched the Wish You Were Here 2017 report into music tourism. The report features both national and regional figures and reveals the huge impact of music tourism on the UK economy. The number of people who enjoyed live music events in the UK rose by 12% in 2016 to 30.9 million – up from 27.7 million in 2015. Live music fans generated £4 billion in...

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Opportunity: Help Bring Christmas to Hampstead

Opportunity: Help Bring Christmas to Hampstead

10th July 2017

The Hampstead Village Business Improvement District (BID) www.hampsteadvillagelondon.com/bid is considering holding a Christmas Festival in Hampstead Village, London NW3 at the end of November.  In previous years a group of volunteers has put together a large-scale Christmas Festival which grew year on year to attract upwards of 50,000 with stalls, fairground, attractions, music ...

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Energy Revolution Awarded Charitable Status

Energy Revolution Awarded Charitable Status

6th July 2017

Energy Revolution is the festival industry collaboration that turns audience fossil-fuel travel miles into a direct investment in renewable energy. This brilliant project is now a registered charity, meaning every donation made will go even further with GiftAid! Audience travel is by far the greatest contributor to a festival’s CO2 footprint, but Energy Revolution is turning this ...

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Alan Surtees

Alan Surtees

30th June 2017

When Alan told me he was moving Bridgnorth Festival to the site in Shrewsbury, it was his enthusiasm for a new venture that made me and many others think “this is bound for glory and success”. Always a great supporter of AFO and kind enough to say AFO helped him get on with the challenges of an event on the move and growing, it is with great sadness that this day is marked with his ...

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Festival T-Shirts for Small Festivals

Festival T-Shirts for Small Festivals

21st June 2017

Are you a small festival and looking to have festival t-shirts printed?  Folk Weekend Oxford are offering AFO members the opportunity to sell their festival t-shirts through the Folk Weekend Oxford online shop. Cat explains how it works: If any small festivals are in the position of wanting to have festival T shirts but not being able to afford the upfront outlay, I'd be happy to host ...

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Partner for Plymouth Music Event

Partner for Plymouth Music Event

20th June 2017

The AFO Office has been contacted by Plymouth City Council with the following request: "Plymouth City Council is looking for a partner to deliver a high quality, mass appeal music event starting in 2018. The venue for this event would be the stunning and unique Plymouth Hoe with breath-taking views across Plymouth Sound, one of the most beautiful natural harbours in the world. Plymouth Ho...

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A Greener Festival Launch The Greener Event Award

A Greener Festival Launch The Greener Event Award

16th June 2017

A Greener Festival Expands to assess events and venues The Greener Event Award is launched internationally on UN World Environment Day. Environmental Assessment and accreditation to expand from festivals to include all event types, event venues and arenas. First assessment completed last week at the Spring Performing Arts Festival (NL). Amongst the first applicants are Confex, Showman&...

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Glastonbury and UWE Bristol announce partnership

Glastonbury and UWE Bristol announce partnership

14th June 2017

The University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) is delighted to announce a five-year official partnership with Glastonbury Festival, after researchers developed the Pee Power urinal. The Pee Power urinal that turns urine into electricity, designed by researchers in Bristol BioEnergy Centre (BBiC) based at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL) at UWE Bristo...

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National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO) advice for events

National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO) advice for events

12th June 2017

After the terrible events at Manchester Arena some weeks ago and the recent attack on London Bridge, we have received a number of pieces of advice from a variety of organisations.  The most comprehensive of which has now arrived from the National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO).  Where clearly a great deal of the content of this document is way beyond the measures needed at ...

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Risk Assessment & Road Closures - AFO Training Day Report

Risk Assessment & Road Closures - AFO Training Day Report

8th June 2017

On Thursday 4th May, AFO members from a range of different festival from around the UK attended an AFO Training Day at The Hawth Theatre, Crawley. The session was delivered by Andy Grove of HighGrove Events Limited who had tailored the session specifically to meet requirements specified by AFO members in relation to risk assessments and road closures. Whilst covering the basics of risk ass...

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Farm Business Innovation Show 2017 set to be the best year yet!

Farm Business Innovation Show 2017 set to be the best year yet!

8th June 2017

The Farm Business Innovation Show is returning to the NEC Birmingham on the 8th & 9th of November 2017 and will be packed with the most creative products from 450 exhibitors, useful services and ideas, and 200 inspiring seminars from top experts in the industry - all at the 2016 Exhibition News Awards ‘Trade Show of the Year’ winning show! Over the two days the NEC will be packe...

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New Mini Purple Guide Published

New Mini Purple Guide Published

7th June 2017

A new guide has been published by the Events Industry Forum to help organisers of smaller events comply with regulations and good practice.   The new ‘Purple Guide Lite’ is a sister publication to the ‘Purple Guide to Health, Safety and Welfare at Music and Other Events’, which EIF took over from the Health & Safety Executive four years ago.   Developed wi...

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HMRC Digital Support for June

HMRC Digital Support for June

7th June 2017

Self-employed? Here are details of HMRC's digital support courses for June.   HMRC have a selection of webinars and e-learning available to help you get their tax right first time. Business Expenses for the self-employed: Do you know which business expenses are allowable? Find out about typical expenses including working from home and motoring expenses....

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Manchester attack

Manchester attack

26th May 2017

Our sincere condolences to the victims and their families and best wishes for recovery to those injured in Manchester. ?The whole events industry is in shock and immediate events this weekend (May Bank Holiday) are obviously nervous. If you need AFO advice immediately then please call us on 01629 827014/ 07836 212899 and we will help if we can. We will put out collated advice from var...

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Government quietly introduce insurance increased costs

Government quietly introduce insurance increased costs

26th May 2017

When governments declare budgets, usually in March or April they trumpet the important bits and somehow manage to slip through all kinds of tiny changes that affect people at a later date. One of those ‘tiny changes’ introduced by the government as at 22 May 2017 was an increase in Insurance Premium Tax, which has now gone to 12% from 1 June 2017. For example, if your public liab...

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Terrorism Threat Level Raised

Terrorism Threat Level Raised

25th May 2017

Following the attack in Manchester this week, the Security Industry Authority have released the following statement: The independent Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC) has raised the threat level for international terrorism in the UK to CRITICAL. This means that their assessment is not only that an attack remains highly likely but a further attack may be imminent. If you see or hear...

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ID&C Grass Roots Festival Bursary 2017 Winners Announced

ID&C Grass Roots Festival Bursary 2017 Winners Announced

22nd May 2017

The independent music and arts festival Samphire has been announced as the winning recipients of this year’s ID&C £2500 Grass Roots Bursary. The bursary, donated annually by wristband suppliers ID&C, offers small to medium sized UK festivals the chance to win £2500 towards their security wristband and accreditation. The online competition has been created to lend a helpin...

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