The Edinburgh Corn Exchange has launched Scotland’s first socially distanced events layout and urges the government to get events back on the agenda, especially low risk business events which should be allowed to help kickstart the beleaguered events industry.

WATCH: Socially Distanced Layout

  • Safe, private, wipeable walled booths (2.5m x 2m) for up to six guests.
  • Walkways up to 4m in width.
  • Ideal for many events, including conferences, training days, dinners, award ceremonies and exhibitions.
  • Large screen, visible from all booths.
  • An ideal layout for live and hybrid events (where some attendees may join through virtual link-up).
  • New venue “socially safe” capacity of 220-330 compared to 3000 pre-Covid.

Following the opening of its socially distanced 250-person capacity beer garden last month, Edinburgh’s award winning, family owned, and privately operated Corn Exchange is now launching a unique set-up designed to kick start Scotland’s business events industry.

The Corn Exchange is widely recognised for hosting high-profile business conferences, meetings, exhibitions, and award ceremonies and is working hard to create the new normal, following the shutdown of the events industry during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Paul Demarco, Managing Director, said: “Unfortunately, we are still in the dark about when “events” will be allowed to happen and still there has been no financial support for the private events sector despite the government stating there is £97m available for the industry in Scotland. Independent venues, promoters and the supply chain we all depend on are struggling to stay afloat, we need to get the safest events back up and running.

We feel business events are far safer to run than any other events, no loud music, easier to control crowds, removal of the risk of alcohol influenced behaviour are all simple reasons to see why. But the government seems to have branded ALL events as unsuitable, that is just not true. We are asking the government to fast track business events to help support us all in the events industry, we were the first industry to close and are looking like the last industry to go back. Furlough and the little support some have received (some have received no support) has not stopped the widespread business closures and redundancies we are now seeing.

The venue has made many changes to adhere to current regulations. We have created the first socially distanced, safest event layout in the country, we have experienced all of the regulations for Covid now by running “Scotland’s largest beer garden” to large audiences, so we are fully aware of what is required to meet government legislation. This room layout, combined with one of Edinburgh’s largest screens makes it a really good option. Let’s get events back up and running before it is too late

Thousands of Scots have not worked during lockdown, have not engaged with many people outside their home, and will have little knowledge of new government-led working guidelines. Such employees need an opportunity to connect with their colleagues again and start adapting – which in turn will allow businesses to restart.

Management at the Corn Exchange believes this is vital to helping Scotland’s business culture recover – and is confident this unique events layout rises to the challenge.

For more information about the Edinburgh Corn Exchange visit www.edinburghcornexchange.com or contact 0131 477 3500.