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13/1/21   The Government has just published the guidance on the new Closed Businesses Lockdown Payment announced last week and updated the eligibility for the LRSG (full document here). The key points on these two grants are
Twickenham Stadium is underlining the importance of training and education-based events as a key part of the industry’s progression over the next six months. The stadium is reporting an increase in enquiries for training events & programmes, and sees these events as critical to inject market and delegate confidence in face to face meetings.   
INNSiDE Manchester, part of Meliá Hotels International, has partnered with one of the UK's leading technical event production and AV hire companies, Sterling Event Group to launch Manchester’s first virtual event production studio in a hotel. Installed and ready to be booked as and when Government guidelines permit, ‘INNSiDE LiVE’, at INNSiDE Manchester, is a virtual event solution that features a state-of-the-art studio setting, offering a live streaming experience, designed to facilitate a virtual or hybrid event.
BTN Europe’s annual rundown of the people, products, trends and developments shaping the business travel industry has named SilverDoor’s Orbi as one of the top developments to watch in the coming year.   “At last the serviced apartments industry has a live booking tool that aggregates travel policy information. It’s been a long time coming but with Orbi, SilverDoor has worked hard to make it worthwhile,” says business travel journalist Catherine Chetwynd. 
88 per cent of planners see irreplaceable quality of face-to-face meetings. etc.venues survey provides interesting insights into latest industry thinking 73 per cent of event planners now think hybrid events will continue to be more common in future, up from 67 per cent when asked in May, while those who think this is just a temporary trend have gone down accordingly by 6 per cent.
Millennium Point announced today (6th January 2021) that it will become the first Covid-19 mass vaccination centre to operate in the Midlands. The centre will be run by the NHS in Birmingham and Solihull as part of the region’s Covid-19 vaccination programme. It will be run on a strictly appointment only basis, with the NHS contacting people directly to book their appointments over the coming days. Commenting on the announcement, Abbie Vlahakis, CEO at Millennium Point, said:

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