JANUARY WEBINAR – Industry updates and understanding customer sentiment

With the new lockdown being announced within the first week of January, there have been a whole host of updates in our sector. Our webinar is here to help you wade through them.

Do join us on Thursday (21st) for our first webinar of 2021. As ever we’ll be joined by our hero campaigners, bristling with useful wedding sector updates.

We’ll also hear from the Love My Dress team. Their current survey has already yielded some fascinating insights into the experiences and mood of 100s of wedding couples.  The LMD team will be on hand to share some of the findings and please do email us with any questions that you have for them.

If there is anything you would like to discuss with like-minded peers then feel free to e-mail us with your topics and questions! We’re excited to see you there.

Click here on 21st of January 2021 at 11.30am.

Covid was the digital accelerant of the decade!

We are always on the look out for a positive. After a thoroughly exhausting year, it seems we are all due an A• in digital communications and work-flows.

New research from our email partners Twilio shows that this year alone COVID-19 accelerated most company’s digital communications strategy by an average of 6 years – 97% of enterprise decision-makers surveyed confirmed that the pandemic sped up their company’s digital transformation. Read the report here.

Bounce Back into 2021 – final webinar of the year!

During our final webinar of the year, we were joined by a cohort of industry heroes who gave us a positive and uplighting insight into the work that they are continuing to do to help the wedding sector recover and reopen. The overall message was to, keep going, keep doing your part to make our industry heard because, alas it is working!

Continuing the theme of positivity; Kelly Chandler lit up our screens with her passion and enthusiasm for 2021. ‘Refresh, Recharge & Remind’ is Kelly’s message for you in 2021. To learn more link below to watch back.

Our last session of the year is filled with key insights and valuable insights designed to help you to optimise your business. Our end of year special is to be missed!

Thursday 10th December, 11.30 am – Hostology Webinar Series – Bounce Back into 2021

A huge thank goes out to all who have contributed to our webinar series this year, and of course, thank you for watching. We will be bringing you more from the Hostology Collective in the new year.

Join today’s webinar – 11:30, 10th December 2020

To join this mornings webinar, click here

Join us today at 11.30 am for The Collective: December Webinar – BOUNCE BACK IN 2021 with guest expert Kelly Chandler.

Create a Minister for Hospitality – sign the petition now!

<strong>Create a Minister for Hospitality in the UK Government</strong>

Here at Hostology, we have been helping to make sure our industry has a voice and we will continue to bang the drum to help the wedding sector through any challenges that we face.

To that end, we firmly support the initiative to appoint a Minister of Hospitality in the UK Government. We believe such a Minister would have been beneficial to the Government, hospitality and the wedding sector during the pandemic.

We need a Minister who can listen to our voices and bring forward suggestions to the chancellor and policy makers on our behalf.

Please sign the petition and read more about the plans by clicking <a href=”https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/552201″>here.</a>

DECEMBER WEBINAR – BOUNCE BACK IN 2021

To help you to prepare for 2021, in our final webinar of the year, we welcome back the incredibly knowledgeable Kelly Chandler for some much-needed focus and encouragement.

Do join us on Thursday (10th) for our final webinar of 2020. We’ll be focussing on the sector bouncing back into what will be a hugely busy year. With a brand new version of Hostology about to hit your screens, our aim is to help you to get organised for 2021.

Alongside helping your team to work as efficiently as possible, we are very excited to welcome back marketing expert Kelly Chandler.

Kelly will help us all to focus on making the most of 2021, taking us through her top tips and marketing priorities for 2021 with her session:

Refresh and Energise Your Venue’s Marketing, Ready for the Engagement Season And Better Times – sounds good!

And for a regular dose of Kelly’s wisdom, you can sign-up for her membership club

We’ll also have our usual sector updates and panel of experts – so mark your calendar and we’ll hope to see you there!

Click here on the 10th of December 2020 at 11.30 am to join our webinar. 

Weddings on for Summer 2021 – The PM says so…

Published Evidence Used for UK Government Restrictions on Weddings Flawed

On the 27th November, the UK Government published transmission risk data for the hospitality sector – bit.ly/3o0MR9b

Since then restrictions have been lifted on pubs, restaurants and gyms – but not on wedding venues.

We questioned why the data was mainly from the Far East, and why there were no examples from the UK? Since Friday the #WVSG team has analysed the data and it seems UK Gov / Sage are making policy for Pubs, Bars, Gyms and Wedding Venues based on inaccurate assumptions… not great!

Read the full report here:

https://wvsg.org/news

Published Evidence Used for U.K. Government Restrictions on Weddings Flawed

Hostology Collective – Webinar Series: November Update

With the recently introduced CJSS morphing once more back into the furlough scheme we were pleased to welcome Michael Doolin, MD of Clover HR, to give us the low-down.

As well as outlining the new furlough scheme (we are back to where we were in August) Michael also shared his tips for managing your team during this difficult period; staying resilient and looking after your mental health. Download the presentation here – Clover HR – Resilience.

Clover HR - resilience

The Government also announced today that the new furlough scheme will be extended until March 2021. You can read the detail here.

Phil Taylor, financial expert from Ducketts, then gave us some much needed updates on bounce back loans, grants, CBILs deadlines and extended payment time frames. Do keep an eye on changes to payment terms and discuss with your loan provider. Ducketts are always happy to help.

Spreading a bit of positivity, Alan Law told us about his recent experience managing an event at the Royal Albert Hall, and using 15-minute Covid tests from private company BHA. Their tests have now been accepted by PHE and are being used widely across various sectors.

For all this and latest sector updates from #whataboutweddings and the ABWB / WVSG – Hostology Collective members can catch up on the session through the link below. See you next time!

Watch: Hostology webinar series: November Industry update

Wedding Venue Support Group (WVSG) Survival To Revival Wedding Manifesto

The Association of British Wedding Businesses (ABWB) and the Wedding Venue Support Group (WVSG), have created a ‘Survival To Revival’ Wedding Manifesto, aiming to make it crystal clear to Government what we need, and now!

Click to read the Wedding Manifesto –

WVSG Weddings Manifesto

Wedding Manifesto


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