Liverpool hosts UK’s first post-lockdown conference

Liverpool has hosted the UK’s first business conference since national lockdown began in March 2020.

The launch event for the Good Business Festival, Change Business for Good, was the first in-person live business event to take place without Covid-19 measures in place, informing research to examine transmission, aerosol and contact risks in a medium-sized indoor venue.

The conference at ACC Liverpool was part of the government’s Events Research Programme (ERP) – a science-led initiative to get audiences back safely as restrictions are gradually eased. Liverpool is hosting four separate events as part of the national pilot.

Delegates were required to take a lateral flow test within 24 hours prior to attending and were encouraged to take a free at-home PCR test on the day of the event and another five days afterwards.

Around 270 guests heard from a series of speakers including Denise Barrett Baxendale, CEO of Everton Football Club, Wayne Hemingway, creative director of The Good Business Festival, Liverpool City Council Chief Executive Tony Reeves and Tourism Minister Nigel Huddleston.

The event closed with a ‘Live at the Apollo’ style comedy show featuring comedians Mick Ferry, Rachel Fairburn and Kiri Pritchard-Mclean.

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