The level of uncertainty is still a major factor when running a large trade event. That combined with an shifting events calendar has meant we have taken the decision to postpone Caffe Culture to 2nd - 3rd September 2021. We feel this gives us the best opportunity to run the event in the same format, and to the high standards our exhibitors and visitors have come to expect.
Under current government guidelines, we do believe however that it is possible to run smaller conference style events in the latter part of this year / early part of next. These events will be highly targeted with a strict limited attendance, and will include a raft of safety measures designed for an engaging but safe experience. To that end we have recently launched CaffeInsights Live which will take place at the Business Design Centre on 18th November, with a second event scheduled for February 2021. Find out more about this new event.
The safety of all of our exhibitors, visitors, sponsors, contractors, and staff is of paramount importance to us and over the last six months, we have been working alongside the team at the Business Design Centre who have installed a raft of controlled measures to reduce the risk of transmitting the virus (please see video below).
However, moving Caffe Culture will give us a better insight into understanding and adapting to the evolving situation in order to deliver an event that all of our participants and the industry expect. In the interim, CaffeInsights Live will provide an opportunity to for business owners to update themselves on all the latest innovations and products, in addition to face to face networking with industry experts and suppliers, both old and new.
We will be providing regular updates on the event over the coming months, so to be kept abreast of all changes, please register your details.
Business Design Centre Covid-19 Safety Measures
Our host venue, the Business Design Centre (BDC), has been working closely with the Association of Event Venues (AEV) to discuss a new framework for all UK venues. Together, they have created a standard for all venues to adhere to and Caffè Culture 2021 will include a number of measures, which we will update you with when finalised. Take a look at the work the BDC is doing to make it a safe and comfortable place to visit.
These measures provisionally include:
- Extra touchless sanitising machines around the building including on entering the BDC and on registration desks
- Installation of extra hand washing stations, including additional antibacterial soap in toilets
- Cleaning to focus on high level touch areas such as door handles, lifts, toilets etc.
- Installation of physical screens on the reception desk, registration desk, organisers office desk, the service desk and the restaurant
- Thermal forehead temperature scanners available in reception and the loading bay checking everyone’s temperature on arrival.
- Installation of fever detection cameras in reception
- Redesigned floorplans and directional floor graphics including 2m chevrons to help maintain social distancing
- New measures for maintaining social distancing in the restaurant including reduced seating and a new queuing system
- For exhibitors, build-up and breakdown periods will be reconsidered limit the amount of contractors/exhibitors using the goods lifts
- However, we will keep listening to government advice before any new measures are introduced.
We understand how important it is to stay connected with each other during these difficult and unprecedented times. We recently launched our CaffeInsights series, featuring interviews with different businesses owners within our industry, to help keep our visitors informed and inspired. In addition, we will be regularly promoting our Lockdown Offers, aimed at helping connect our suppliers and manufacturers with buyers, ready for a post-COVID world.
On behalf of all of us here at Caffè Culture, thank you again for your understanding, and we look forward to seeing you in March..