More events cancelled – full round-up
With the many implications of Covid-19 impacting across the world we are seeing some of the last shows and events of the year being cancelled.
Undoubtedly, it was initially hoped these would be able to go ahead.
Unfortunately, the complexities of any show or event and the financial implications for the organisers and those taking part are such that early cancellations are necessary to avoid the huge ongoing costs being lost.
Some of the organisers are hoping to hold on to deposits and carry them through to next year but are mostly requesting this as a voluntary action. In some cases, this will suit exhibitors as they are provided for in this year’s budgets but who knows what next year will bring.
Here, we have a summary of the later main UK – and one of the USA shows – which have recently announced cancellations. Cancellations and postponements are a Global occurrence.
With regret, the Agricultural Engineers Association (AEA) has taken the decision to cancel this year’s Tillage-Live which was to have taken place on September 23.
Current government guidance, together with local authority advice, particularly on the insistence of strict social distancing requirements has led the Tillage-Live management group to take this decision.
AEA Director General Ruth Bailey said: “This decision, whilst regrettable, has been taken to avoid placing members of the public, exhibitors and the event delivery team at unnecessary risk. The AEA has a duty of care to all in this difficult year.”
With the health and wellbeing of members, staff and other attendees of our annual exhibition the ultimate priority, BIGGA has cancelled BTME for January 2021.
Sadly, current understanding of the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis makes it clear that hosting the event as usual in January would create serious risk of disease transmission among attendees and we are not prepared to endanger the health and wellbeing of members, staff, exhibitors and anyone else associated with the event.
BIGGA’s world-leading education programme, Continue to Learn, is held alongside BTME each year and will still take place during January 2021, albeit as an online event and with an altered timetable designed to reflect the new digital platform.
To provide BIGGA members with an opportunity to network, BIGGA has also revealed that we intend to host a ‘festival of turf’ during summer 2021. An outdoor event, this will allow many of the great features of BTME to take place, such as the interaction between innovative exhibitors and prospective clients, but in a safe and socially-distanced setting.
The Midlands Machinery Show has sadly decided to cancel its November event as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, but is continuing to support the sector through its Agricultural Engineering Apprentice Awards.
“However, there is still ongoing uncertainty, with changing guidance and restrictions affecting exhibitors and visitors alike. Given how long many of our exhibitors require to prepare for the show, we felt we needed to make a decision,” he adds. “Our prime concern is the wellbeing of all our supporters and rather than risk delivering a subdued and more limited experience than normal, we felt it was better to decide now and find a different way to support the industry.”
To this end, the show will continue to promote the agricultural engineering sector and will be awarding its Agricultural Engineering Apprentice Awards in November. Launched in 2017, the awards celebrate the valuable contribution of apprentices and trainees in the agricultural industry and recognise their commitment and hard work in colleges and workplaces across the UK.
The awards form part of the Midlands Agricultural Engineering Traineeship and Apprenticeship Education Scheme, kindly supported by Geoffrey Bond OBE DL. Each winner – chosen by a panel of Newark and Nottinghamshire Agricultural Society judges – receives £500 to help fund their career development.
Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and continued regulatory uncertainty, GIE/OPEI, LLC announced that the 2020 show will be postponed until next year.
Show ownership and management (GIE/OPEI, LLC) of GIE+EXPO, the Green Industry and Equipment Exposition, have been monitoring the situation closely, and have been working with state and local authorities to put on the safest show possible. Unfortunately, the unpredictable nature of such a rapidly evolving environment prohibited this year’s show from taking place safely.
“The health and safety of our attendees and exhibitors is critical, and it is with profound regret that we announce the cancellation of our 2020 event,” said Kris Kiser, President and CEO of OPEI, and managing partner of GIE+EXPO. “We’re looking forward to 2021 and already gearing up to make our next show a dynamic and engaging experience for the entire industry. I encourage exhibitors and attendees that have already registered or secured exhibit space to roll those monies forward to the 2021 show.”
Scheduled to take place on Wednesday November 18, AgriScot Directors remained optimistic until recently that the event would be able to take place, even if not quite in the usual format. However, the decision to cancel the live event was announced following a board meeting on Wednesday, July 22.
Speaking after the meeting, AgriScot Chairman Robert Neill stated:“Covid-19 lockdown has thankfully eased over recent weeks and whilst restrictions over small scale meetings and social gatherings have reduced, there remains significant uncertainty and risk relating to large scale indoor events such as AgriScot.
“We recognise that a socially distanced or restricted event cannot deliver the same benefits for visitors and exhibitors.
“Having carefully considered the matter, we do not believe that a virtual AgriScot in 2020 could adequately replace the face-to-face business event format. However, we do intend mark this year’s date with online activity. More details will be released in due course.”
The theme of this year’s conference (working smarter) is absolutely spot on for the times we are living in, says Service Dealer owner Duncan Murray-Clarke.
Over the last month or so it has become clear that whatever the guidelines are, the right thing to do would be to make the conference and awards completely virtual.
However, with the event building in energy over the past few years, I could only see a 100% virtual conference as a step backwards, reducing the impact for the dealers and quite simply not offering the sponsors the value they deserve.