During today’s webinar session, we learnt about the encouraging updates from the ABWB regarding the roadmap and time scale for the wedding industry to reopen.
However, while some critical alignments have been established, there are still some crucial issues that you will all be asking: ‘how do I enforce social distancing at a wedding?’ and ‘how can I keep our staff safe?’.
To find out more about what the future of weddings will look like, you can watch our webinar here but in the meantime, please do read these supporting articles for helpful advice.
Each week we are holding a series of live webinar sessions with an experienced expert to help to guide us all through these tricky times.
We do hope that you’ll be able to join us and look forward to welcoming you to the conversation:
Thank you to those that joined our excellent session Alan Law, Health and Safety expert from AFL Associates.
If you missed it, please do catch up here.
Alan provided some very clear, recommended next steps and encouraged all venues to update their Health and Saftey policy and create a ‘COVID Secure’ policy to help to protect both customers and staff.
We are excited to release the first past of our new Food & Drink and integrated Itinerary tools for the management for your events. The new workflow includes full templating so you can set everything up once and then put your feet up… well maybe.
You can find everything you need to know about our new feature release by visiting our help desk.
We are holding a series of live webinar sessions, each with an experienced expert to help to guide us all through these tricky times.
We do hope that you’ll be able to join us and look forward to welcoming you to the conversation:
Over the past few months, we’ve run a series of live webinar sessions, each with an experienced expert to help to guide us all through these tricky times.
View for the latest updates from the wedding industry.
We will be joined by Ben Cowell, Director General of Historic Houses and members of the ABWB Venue Committee, both with updates and more details on the valuable work that they are doing for the industry. And Risk Assessment expert, Alan Law, will be back with a practical interpretation of the current guidance.
This week (23rd June) government announcement has opened up many questions about the future of running weddings and events.
Today’s webinar session is filled with encouraging updates from the ABWB regarding the roadmap and time scale for the wedding industry to reopen.
Watch now to hear first hand on the progress of the ABWB – with members of the venue committee on hand to share and discuss the exit roadmap.
Plus, Sebastian Fenwick, alongside Historic Houses, shares his update on the legal advice he has commissioned for couples affected by insurers refusing to payout.
To view the documents referenced during today webinar, please sign in/up to The Collective.
We are thrilled to welcome Love My Dress and Occasion Queens to week twelve of our webinar sessions.
The Future of Weddings Survey – Results & Insights
Love My Dress and Occasion Queens are excited to present highlights from their recent survey, ‘The Future of Weddings’. With responses from more than 1300 brides, looking at everything from adjustments couples are prepared to make for their wedding to go ahead and what’s important to them and what’s worrying them right now plus insights into the all-important things venues can do to bring confidence to couples, this is an invaluable look into the future of weddings through the eyes of your clients.
What will venue life look like after business returns to normal? And how can the predictions we make now impact venue success the next few months and beyond?
We are joined by Olivia Riddiford-Mills of Host Venue Consultancy to discuss; Venue Predictions Post Pandemic.
Olivia Riddiford is the founder of Host Venue Consultancy and its sister multi-award-winning planning company Host Weddings & Events. With over 12 years of experience working within venues, Olivia fully understands the bridal buying process and operational logistics in both large and small wedding venues. Along with her skill set in planning weddings and selling them, she has the perfect tools to mentor others to achieve top results.
And, to follow on from the helpful advice from Jane Randell at Farrer & Co, Richard Cramer from Front Row Legal discussed useful information about how to future proof your booking terms and conditions.
For more help, please do visit: www.legal-surgery.com.
Please do join us and do extend our invitation to anybody within your network who could benefit from the support and advice that The Hostology Collective offers.
For week ten of our webinar series, we were joined by Health and Safety expert Alan Law from AFL Associates.
Part of any reopening plan will be executing a robust Health and Safety strategy, to keep your team safe and to reassure customers that they can do the same for their guests.
During today’s webinar, Alan Law shares his insights into what at Covid-19 wedding safe plan might look like, and we hear an update from Duncan Clarke, from the ABWB.
We were joined by wedding experts: Love My Dress founder, Annabel Beeforth, Senior Writer, Tamryn Settle and Nina Beer from Occasion Queens.
The session explored how couples are feeling and how you can best communicate with your customers going forward.
Love My Dress will be publishing their insights and conclusions from the valuable focus group that they conducted just last week. Please sign up to Love My Dress to find out more.
Jane provided us with valuable insights in response to couples who want to postpone or cancel their events inline with CMA guidelines.
We also discussed future scenarios venues might face such as how smaller events could or will be contractually bound with an aim to help you to make the right decisions for your business based on the information available to us.
Harriett represents the Treasury Select Committee. Harriett presented a useful update on what action is being taken by the Government to persuade the insurers to step up. Harriett Baldwin was very clear about her recommended next steps, namely that every venue is encouraged to write to their Member of Parliament and to articulate the distinct issues facing wedding / exclusive-use event venues.
To speed-the-plough we have written a template letter which you are welcome to download and use: Write to your MP: Template Letter
During our sixth webinar session, Kelly provides valuable advice about how to continue to market your venue during the lockdown.
Kelly offers a range of one consulting and training services for venues more information can be found on her website:
Charlotte and Naomi updated us on the current discussions in their community and lead venues through some of the things they should be thinking about, to both reassure their couples and an encourage new ones to choose their venue.
During our fourth webinar, we were joined by Daniel Cherry from Lloyds Commercial Banking and John Haines from Ducketts Chartered Accountants to discuss financial support during the current CV-19 situation. Topics covered include a vital update on the UK Government Furlough Scheme as well as the CBILs loan application process.
In addition to the incredibly helpful advice presented by John Haines from Ducketts Chartered Accountants, Ducketts are happy to help with regards to CBILS applications.
If you would like to discuss this further, then please contact Martyn Wright on 07598 890019 or email on email@example.com.
Emma Hardcastle is joined by Jane Randell from Farrer & Co and Will Johnson from Weatherbys Hamilton, to discuss event postponement and cancellations in the light of the Covid-19 ‘lockdown’.
Thanks to all for joining and taking part in a useful discussion. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to keep up-to-date with the latest recordings and head to our social media channels to find out about our next webinars – links in the footer.
Josh Dugdale of founder venue, Wasing Park, was joined by Will Johnson from Weatherbys Hamilton to discuss issues around insurance, covering wedding/event insurance as well as venue and estate policies.
Hostology founder, Emma Hardcastle, was joined by John Haines from Ducketts Chartered Accountants. John gave us some very good advice on how to prepare for a loan application and on a myriad of other issues, from government support to postponement strategies, insurance and managing the team through the lockdown.
We were very grateful to have some of Harriett Baldwin’s time today. Harriett is the MP for West Worcestershire and a member of the Treasury Select Committee.
Harriett updated us on the Committee’s progress with regard to investigating the insurance industry, encouraging them to take responsibility where policy detail dictates that a payout is due. As a result, with regard to Business interruption insurance and Wedding insurance, the government is taking the following actions:
Business interruption insurance:
The FCA is putting a test case through the courts, which if successful could pave the way for businesses to receive insurance payouts.
The Financial Ombudsman is being resourced to deal with all customer complaints about insurers. The advice is to encourage your customers who have been rejected by their insurance companies to seek redress from the ombudsman. Visit https://www.financial-ombudsman.org.uk/
And if you missed the session with Harriett you can catch up here:The Hostology Collective
Thank you to those that joined our excellent session today with Harriett Baldwin, MP for West Worcestershire and member of the Treasury Select Committee.
Harriett was very clear about her recommended next steps, namely that every venue is encouraged to write to their Member of Parliament, to articulate the distinct issues facing wedding / exclusive-use event venues.
And to add important context please do encourage them to watch the recording of the session with Harriett – below.
The more clearly we can get the message through to Government, that as an industry we can make weddings safe, the better.
Do come to one of our launch events throughout February. Join us from 12-2pm for light refreshments at either Iscoyd Park (Wrexham/ Shropshire borders), Wasing Park (Berkshire) or Elmore Court (Gloucestershire).
You’ll be able to meet the team and find out how easy it can be to integrate the Hostology Platform into your business processes. You’ll also have the chance to tour our partner venues and to hear first hand how Hostology will transform your business.
We hope you can make it!
Designed by venues for your venue. Not a phrase to be used lightly, but we really have spent many happy hours with our partner venues’ teams to understand how best to incorporate their workflows and best practice into The Platform.
We hope that we have succeeded. Either way we are excited about the results and would love your venue to join us!
“Hostology brings everything in to one place, increasing the efficiency of our event managers, while at the same time creating a great platform for our customers to use.”Harry & Georgina Dearden, Pennard House
“We now spend much more time with each client, meaning we can offer an even more personal service. This is what we have been waiting for since we opened in 2010.”Phil and Susie Godsal, Iscoyd Park
“Hostology has carefully thought through how a tech solution can not only make the event management process smoother, saving in time and admin, but can also provide an enjoyable work flow for the client.”Joshua Dugdale, Wasing Park
“The systemising, streamlining and efficiencies are a game changer for our business and equally will make planning the wedding logistics less ‘dry’ for our couples and their guests – it is a win, win, win!”Jane Robinson & Samantha Vaughan, Dewsall Court
“Hostology is a fantastic platform that brings the many elements of organising bespoke events under one roof. It has transformed the organisation of our business, saved many staff hours and made us far more efficient.”Phil and Susie Godsal, Iscoyd Park
“We extensively researched the market to find a software platform that fulfils all the needs we have when arranging events and liaising with customers. Hostology does and is going to massively streamline our business.”Harry & Georgina Dearden, Pennard House