News that the government will permit trade exhibitions to take place from October 1 onwards means that industry members will be able to gather en masse for the first time since lockdown at the Autumn Coin-Op Show in October.
Organised by Swan Events, the two-day trade show, which premiered back in 2014, is still scheduled to take place at Olympia London on Wednesday 21 and Thursday 22 October.
It is hoped that the government’s latest easing of lockdown will help kick-start the trading season for the amusements and gaming sector. That prospect was boosted with news released by the ExCeL’s owners confirming that Europe’s premier exhibition centre – which has long been host to the EAG Expo – will be back in business long in advance of Bacta’s flagship event on January 12-14, 2021.
There had been uncertainty surrounding the ExCeL Centre’s availability, a point cleared by its CEO Jeremy Rees who confirmed: “The vast majority of the venue (90 per cent) has been restored to its original state, with the remaining space secured as equipment storage for NHS Nightingale. This ongoing support will not impact the normal operation of our venue.”