NAVIGATING COVID-19 - LET'S MARCH INTO MARCH
We predict that by March 2021 we’ll be saying goodbye to some of the more restrictive distancing restrictions, and our industry will be running closer to how it was before the pandemic. Below we’ve included more information on handling Covid-19, but also our campaign to kickstart the industry. So, let’s March into March!
We might be working remotely but please do get in touch, we're still here for you 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday.
We have also created a Stay Safe, Feel Safe COVID Charter, outlining our commitment to you. Download the latest version below.
Welcome to our resource page to help you and your team navigate your way through COVID-19.
We've been here for you for 12 years, we're here for you now, and we'll be here for you in the future!
We're in this together, so to help us all through these uncertain times we're creating and curating news and resources on this dedicated page to support meeting, conference and event professionals looking for information, motivation and wellbeing inspiration to navigate through the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.
KEEPING EVENTS MOVING
With guidelines changing from week to week, we know it can be hard to keep track of what event types can go ahead and what the different rules are. To help you navigate the uncertainty, we’ve put together a list of COVID-19 FAQs to give you some information on the questions we’ve been asked the most. We’ll be updating this page in line with any changes to Government advice, and will always ensure that we’re doing everything we can to keep you informed and ensure your events are as safe as possible.
Lime Venue Portfolio is Good to Go
Following the government announcements around a potential reopening for the meetings and events industry, Lime Venue Portfolio has announced its own overwhelming support for VisitBritain’s ‘Good to Go’ accreditation, with almost all of the group’s 80+ venues carrying either the accreditation or a regional variation of it.
Five Ways to Reduce “Return to Work” Anxiety
It’s stating the obvious to say that COVID has taken its toll on our collective mental health, whether it’s illness or worries over work, career or our future. Yes, event professionals are usually a positive bunch, but equally these have been unprecedented times and all of us have been affected one way or another. Some of us very seriously indeed.
A Risky Business
The meetings and events industry has now been given a clear pathway back to doing what we do best. Now it’s incumbent on us, and our own ‘March-on-March’ campaign, to look at what meetings and events will look like as we all get back to the (relative) normality of organising and hosting business events.
An interview with The Kia Oval, part of Lime Venue Portfolio
What can the meetings, conference and events industry learn from COVID safe sports events?
Summer Events Could Re-Boot Industry
Lime Venue Portfolio is sharing its predictions for the Summer event season and is suggesting that a strong performance in the Summer could reboot the industry for a ‘critical’ Autumn of meetings and events.
Let’s Get Back to Events
Introducing March on March, our campaign to support getting events back in business. If we show delegates that we’re ready and waiting, it may be the difference that stimulates our industry into the big bounce back we all want.
Navigating the Bounce Back: In conversation with Nick Scott, Managing Director, arrangeMY
Read our interview with arrangeMY Managing Director, Nick Scott, about navigating the bounce back of events and how the agency is getting ready for the big return of our industry.
Function Fixers: An interview with Carrie Larwood for Lime Venues Portfolio and The Venue Collection
Carrie Larwood is Managing Director and Founder of Function Fixers. She’s also an experienced and trusted venuefinder who works closely with companies to not only find the perfect venue but to ensure that the best possible working relationship is forged and a fair contract is in place. As part of our March on March campaign, we wanted to get Carrie’s insight into the next few months in the meetings and events industry.
Let’s get positive about 2021
This meetings and events industry is about to start its comeback story, and it will return quickly, full of the learnings that come from some of the toughest times it has faced in recent history. It will be hungry.
What does essential education and training mean?
During the second national lockdown, in accordance with Government guidelines, business meetings and events are advised against but may take place with up to a total of 30 people if reasonably necessary – for example for the purposes of work that cannot be done at home e.g. for essential training or education purposes.
So, what is a ‘hybrid’ event?
So, what is a hybrid meeting? There is a lot of talk about them, not least in a post-Covid-19 world, and they are widely being hailed as the future of our industry.
How Levy are keeping their venues COVID secure
In an article published in Conference News, October 2020, Julie Coates Walker, from our sister company Levy, who supply catering services at Lime Venue Portfolio’s stadia and Confex venues, reveals the level of planning that has gone into making these venues COVID ready.
How can events organisers reach out to their delegates during the COVID-19 lockdown?
At this difficult time people will be reevaluating the types of events they want to attend and how you respond to coronavirus - now is an excellent time to be proactive.
Our favourite places to get information during the pandemic
We've put together a list of our favourite sources of information about health and wellbeing, industry trends and events news in one handy place.
We Are Part Of Compass - One Team
Here’s a little something to demonstrate how the #CompassFamily, of which LVP are proud to be part of, has responded during these challenging times and show the extraordinary work of our team. #CompassFamily
What types of experiences should event organisers look to be creating in a post-Covid-19 world?
We can all agree that it’s an extremely challenging time, but here at Lime, we love to look to the future and to think about, and be prepared for the positive times ahead. Our team of experienced event professionals has been working together to reimagine what event attendees will want, and what types of experiences event organisers should look to be creating in a post-Covid-19 world.
The power of human connection and importance of face-to-face interactions
Missing face to face contact? We know how you feel. Here at Lime we’ve always championed the value of face to face connections. Over the last few weeks we’ve really been missing those magical interactions that make the world of events and events management so unique, and such an exciting industry to work in.
THE AGE OF THE DIGITAL TWIN
Mike Fletcher, Freelance Content Producer/Writer asks what will be the societal impact of the climate crisis and global pandemic caused by COVID 19?
FOOD AND MENTAL HEALTH: An Interview with Andrew Walker, Executive Chef, Compass Group
As we come to the end of Stress Awareness month, and what a month it has been! We have been relooking at our blogs that might help motivate people, provide a little extra support in these tough times and celebrate one of our favourite things – food!
FOOD AND MOOD
Food can be a form of medicine; in that it affects the functioning of your mind and body so much that making changes to our diet can have a significant effect on how we feel mentally.
WELLNESS: IT'S ALL ABOUT BALANCE
We’ve all heard it before, “healthy attendees equal happier, more engaged attendees.” But what, exactly, constitutes a “healthy” attendee? Do they only eat vegetables, run a 5k every morning and drink nothing but water? Maybe. But as meeting planners, we should be considering the wide range of attendees that might be at those meetings.
SPECIAL INTERVIEW: TOBY LEWIS, THE LIVE GROUP
Last year we sat down with Toby Lewis, CEO of The Live Group, as part of our ‘Over Lunch with …’ series of blogs.
WHY MISSING FACE TO FACE COULD BE GOOD
We’re all social animals. We don’t write books about anthropology here at Lime Venue Portfolio, but we did pay attention at school and we know that one of the key aspects of human behavior is built around our need for social interactions.
ICE LOOKS TO PREDICT LIFE AFTER COVID-19
ICE has begun a series of research and focus group initiatives, within the corporate event community, that will look to understand what the future of the meetings and events market could look like post-COVID-19.
STRESS MATTERS SUPPORT SERVICES
Stress Matters have set up a confidential support line for all #eventprofs. Text 07481 362 111 today!
HOW TO MANAGE YOUR MEETINGS SCHEDULE IN UNCERTAIN TIMES
At the moment its difficult enough to ‘manage’ just about anything. As an industry we are in unprecedented times, and with a changing situation which only adds to instability. There is no real textbook to get through this, but if we work together, we know we can, and we will.
EVENT INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS ADVICE
If you're not sure where to turn for the latest advice and information, take a look at our regularly updated list of trade associations, business representative bodies and business intermediaries who are providing important information for their business members and networks on Coronavirus (COVID-19).
SELF CARE DURING SELF ISOLATION - EVENTWELL FREE WEBINAR
EventWell will be hosting a complimentary webinar, with a panel of event professionals trained in mental health first aid and wellbeing to help you stay balanced and well during self isolation.
CREATING YOUR NEW NORMAL
A blog from one of our 'friends of LVP' network. Laura Capel-Abra from Stress Matters discusses what it means to adapt to the new normal.
WORKING FROM HOME - LEARN AND ADAPT
Having been in self-isolation after returning from Italy recently, Morag Freathy Managing Director B&I at Compass Group shares her tips on how to stay well and effective whilst working from home for extended periods of time.
WORKING FROM HOME TIPS
With the current Coronavirus crisis are you working from home? While working from home might be new to some of us there has been an explosion of the flexible working trend in recent years. Just 46% of UK workers still operate within the standard 9-5 office environment and many employees now choose to work part time, do a job share or, increasingly, work remotely from their own home.
MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID - CHANGING MINDSETS
With Stress Awareness Week approaching next month and Covid 19 impacting the way we work, we thought it was the perfect time to highlight the importance of keeping in touch with team members and continuing the important conversation around mental health.
THE POWER OF VIRTUAL MEETINGS
Even before the Covid-19 pandemic, with many companies expanding globally and the huge boom in remote working and other flexible arrangements, it can be tricky getting the team together in one time and place.
THE ROLE OF VIRTUAL TOURS
Virtual Tour technology is proving to be an invaluable tool in supporting the venue booking process...
8 TIPS FOR HOSTING EFFECTIVE VIRTUAL MEETINGS
If you do them right, virtual meetings have the potential to be more worthwhile than the traditional set-up.
THE FUTURE READY MEETING
With so many changes happening in such a short period of time it can sometimes be hard to predict what meetings will look like in the next few years. But in this sudden new age of meetings we need to be prepared.
Being socially isolated doesn’t mean you should be skipping breakfast. Whatever your profession, breakfast is an important meal that helps get you off to the right start and energise your day. We've been working with our venues to put together some recipes to help start your day with an energy boost.
Now that you've got 24hr access to your kitchen the culinary possibilities are endless. Why not break up your day working from home with some of our exciting recipes recommended by our venues?
In challenging times It’s important to have a little indulgence every now and again - this dessert is inspired by our winter menus and is a dish that you can DIY with ease in your own home...