With Boris Johnson kindly opening up the UK in time for London Digital Signage Week  we have started announcing the events that will take place May 17-21 in and around London.
In the UK, non-essential retail is now open (so-called Step 2) but Monday May 17 will see some of the last restrictions ease which makes in-person events so much easier (Step 3**).
There is at least one in-person event per day during the week from the likes of Clevertouch Systems, Beaver Trison, Mash Media , the Ministry of New Media, Samsung, Gridserve and PSCo . to name a few…
Monday May 17, 2021
– The week kicks off with a a Zoom webinar with an invited audience live from the #ClevertouchGallery, Barbican. It’s entitled ‘Gallery of Digital Possibilities – Challenging the Norm‘. More information on the event and registration can be found here .
– In the afternoon the Beaver Trison Group will hold their usual Beaver Trison Retail Masterclass. This year it is being held at #SamsungKX some 200 yards away from its usual venue in Kings Cross, namely the Google Head Office. More information on the event and registration can be found here .
Tuesday May 18, 2021
– The London LED Summit, #SamsungKX is being held from 09:00 – 13:00. There are just a handful of tickets left. Registration can be found here .
Wednesday May 19, 2021
– PSCo are holding the first of their two Digital Signage Day(s) @ Innovation House. Registration can be found here .
– One of the most exciting events of the week is the ‘Forecourt of the Future’. It’s being held between 15:00-17:00 BST (GMT+1) at the GRIDSERVE Electric Forecourt® in Braintree, Essex. Interest for this event which features GRIDSERVE CEO Toddington Harper, Intel Corp.’s UK Energy & Utilities Account Manager, Ian Butcher, Diversiffi Media’s Fiona FitzGibbon and Beaver Trison’s Peter Critchley has had such strong interest that we’ve added a Zoom component that will be made available shortly. More information on the event can be found here .
Thursday May 20, 2021
– PSCo are holding the second of their two Digital Signage Day(s) @ Innovation House
– A rather innovative trade show called A-LIVEX – The Hotel Takeover  is being held all day at the Royal Lancaster Hotel where hotel rooms are the exhibition booths and / or meeting spaces. There’s also a conference.
– AdTECH: OOH – London  chaired by Livedooh-Signkick’s Andy Hamblin is being held at #SamsungKX between 13:45 and 18:00 [SOLD OUT]
** Step 3 – not before 17 May 
As part of Step 3, no earlier than 17 May, the government will look to continue easing limits on seeing friends and family wherever possible, allowing people to decide on the appropriate level of risk for their circumstances.
This means that most legal restrictions on meeting others outdoors will be lifted – although gatherings of over 30 people will remain illegal. Indoors, the Rule of 6 or 2 households will apply – we will keep under review whether it is safe to increase this.
As soon as possible and by no later than Step 3, we will also update the advice on social distancing between friends and family, including hugging. But until this point, people should continue to keep their distance from anyone not in their household or support bubble.
Business and activities
Most businesses in all but the highest risk sectors will be able to reopen. In all sectors, COVID-Secure guidance will remain in place and businesses may not cater for groups bigger than the legal limits. Indoor hospitality will reopen – and as in Step 2, venues will not have to serve a substantial meal with alcoholic drinks; nor will there be a curfew. Customers will, however, have to order, eat and drink while seated.
Other indoor locations to open up in Step 3 include indoor entertainment venues such as cinemas and children’s play areas; the rest of the accommodation sector, including hotels, hostels and B&Bs; and indoor adult group sports and exercise classes. The government will also allow some larger performances and sporting events in indoor venues with a capacity of 1,000 people or half-full (whichever is a lower number), and in outdoor venues with a capacity of 4,000 people or half-full (whichever is a lower number). In the largest outdoor seated venues, where crowds can be spread out, up to 10,000 people will be able to attend (or a quarter-full, whichever is lower).
Up to 30 people will be able to attend weddings, receptions and wakes, as well as funerals. This limit will also apply to other types of significant life events including bar mitzvahs and christenings.