The Northern Education Show moves to
9th February 2021 due to COVID-19
Revolution Events confirms postponement of popular regional education event
With minor outbreaks of Covid-19 still occurring around the UK and no clear scientific guidance on business conference & exhibitions, Revolution Events has pro-actively decided to postpone its forthcoming Northern Education Show until Tuesday 9th February 2021.
The decision is a direct response to the continued uncertainty around running large scale public gatherings as the UK’s lockdown continues to ease, combined with the likelihood of a busy autumn for most schools as they rush to catch up the time lost to the Covid-19 outbreak during the summer term.
Claire Boffey, Group Event Director at Revolution Events said: "We are obviously disappointed to be postponing the Northern Education Show, which was shaping up to be another fantastic event in spite of the disruption caused by Covid-19. We have a primary duty of care towards the safety of our delegates, exhibitors, sponsors, staff and speakers and we are determined that the show should always deliver a vibrant and upbeat experience that is not compromised by external factors – so with less than three months to go, we feel it is better for us to defer until early next year than to risk a rather subdued event in October. Before confirming the date change, we polled over two hundred contacts from local school leadership teams that had already pre-registered for October and found that more than 80% favoured pushing back the show to early 2021, making the final decision a lot easier.”
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 creating compelling opportunities for decision makers to learn, meet and work together – which we will now be doing in February next year instead of this autumn.”
The rescheduled event will now run between Revolution’s Southern Education Show and Eastern Education Show – which already take place in February each year – effectively creating a spring roadshow accessible to thousands of schools in key regions across the UK.