POSTPONEMENT OF ITT HUB 2020
With the UK now in the delay phase of its response to the Covid-19 outbreak and the World Health Organisation declaring Coronavirus as a pandemic, Binswood Media – the organisers of ITT Hub - has taken the difficult decision to postpone the launch event that was due to take place at Farnborough International Conference & Exhibition Centre on the 13 and 14 May 2020.
This decision has not been taken lightly but has been made in the best interests of exhibitors, visitors and staff, and is fully supported by ITT Hub’s commercial and event partners. The wellbeing and safety of all stakeholders is, and will always remain, an absolute priority. Binswood Media and its strategic partner FTA, together with its host venue Farnborough International Exhibition & Conference Centre, remain fully committed to the ITT Hub concept, which is set to change the face of transport events.
The decision to postpone has been taken as early as possible in response to requests from partners and major exhibitors, whose evolving emergency measures to deal with the Covid-19 threat will preclude them from attending. Making the announcement at this stage will also enable stakeholders to avoid incurring additional costs in preparation for the show.
ITT Hub, along with the co-located FTA Future Logistics Conference, has been rescheduled to take place 12th & 13th May 2021 and further information about the event will be made available at www.itthub.co.uk in due course. On-going news and insight into innovation and technology in road-based transport in the UK and Ireland will also continue to be available through www.itthub.net .
Commenting on the announcement, CEO of Binswood Media Mark Griffin said, “The decision to postpone the first edition of ITT Hub is one that has been made with great reluctance and a heavy heart. However, we are operating in exceptional and fast-moving circumstances and I have been in active dialogue with many of our key stakeholders in recent days. They firmly share my belief that it is in the best interests of all concerned to take decisive action now, so that everyone can plan accordingly, as well as focus on immediate priorities.
“In considering the options regarding the rescheduling of the event, we have looked at a number of factors such as likely length of Coronavirus-related impact, venue availability, the industry calendar and the seasonal dimension with it being both an outdoor and indoor event. We have concluded that putting ITT Hub back a full year to the dates already announced for the 2021 event is the best solution.”
He added, “By taking this approach in, what are, truly exceptional circumstances and with the continued positivity, support and commitment that has shaped our journey so far, we put ourselves in the best position possible to deliver the inaugural, forward thinking ITT Hub in 2021 which our industry can be proud of.”
FAQ IN RELATION TO THIS ANNOUNCEMENT
What is happening to ITT Hub 2020?
With the UK now in the delay phase of its response to the Covid-19 outbreak and the World Health Organisation declaring Coronavirus as a pandemic, Binswood Media, together with its strategic partner FTA and its advisory board, has taken the difficult decision to postpone this year’s event.
This is a decision that has not been taken lightly but has been made in the best interests of the visitors, exhibitors, strategic partners and staff of all those involved.
Why have you cancelled the 2020 event?
The event has not been cancelled – due to the current Corona Virus situation, it has simply been postponed. The event has been rescheduled to take place at Farnborough International Exhibition & Conference Centre 12 – 13 May next year.
Does this mean the event is never going to happen?
No. Binswood Media, its strategic partner FTA and its advisory board remain fully committed to the event and its concept. It has been rescheduled to take place now in May 2021, on the dates previously announced for the 2021 event.
Why has it not been rescheduled for a date in 2020?
When looking at options for the rescheduling of the event, we have taken into account a number of factors such as likely length of Coronavirus-related impact, venue availability, the industry calendar and the seasonal dimension with it being both an outdoor and indoor event.
We have concluded that putting ITT Hub back a full year to the dates already announced for the 2021 event is the best solution in the circumstances. This has the full support of all our key stakeholders.
What is happening to those who have already booked exhibition space?
All those who have booked stand space for 2020 will have their bookings honoured for the 2021 event. The Binswood team will be in contact with exhibitors on an individual basis in the coming days to discuss the details around this
What is happening about the FTA Future Logistics Conference?
The FTA Future Logistics Conference which was due to take place alongside ITT Hub 2020 has also been postponed. This will now be run in May 2021, again co-locating with ITT Hub 2021. We are confident that the excellent programme and the outstanding speaker line up that we had announced for this year will be substantially retained in 2021.
What will happen to those who have registered to attend for the 2020 event?
We will continue to engage with those already registered for this year’s event and will ensure that their registrations are rolled over to the 2021 event.
What happens if the current health situation improves?
Having taken the decision to postpone, it would not be feasible or indeed desirable to try and reinstate an event of this scale or importance within such a short timescale.
We believe that it is in the best interests of all concerned to take action now, so that everyone can plan accordingly, as well as focus on immediate priorities. The proactive and decisive approach that we have taken has received overwhelming and much welcomed support from all our stakeholders.
Is this an overreaction – the government has not yet banned large scale gatherings?
Irrespective of government advice, in such a rapidly changing situation, our first priority has to be the health and safety of our visitors, exhibitors and staff.
The decision to postpone this year’s event has not been taken lightly but made after very careful thought and consultation with our stakeholders and commercial partners. Binswood Media remains committed to ensuring the best possible experience for all those attending the event in 2021.