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      Coronavirus: Patch launches Virtually Live London for venue FAM trips during lockdown

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      Marketing agency Patch is rolling out a series of FAM trips under the Virtually Live London banner to ensure event organisers can still scout out venues while we’re all on lockdown.

      Hosted on Zoom, the Virtual Fam Trip of London will give those venue buyers working from home the chance to see several London venues, discover the surrounding neighbourhoods and get familiar with their transport links.

      Patch will take the crowd of buyers on the virtual tube, down virtual streets, until they arrive at a venue’s virtual door. Then it’s over to the venue to present, using their own 3D tours to walk participants through their venue room by room.

      Patch says data from venues and buyers is signalling that despite the sudden slowdown, coupled with postponements and cancellations, they are still receiving enquiries for later in the year and even receiving bookings.

      Jackson Clark, Managing Director of Patch, said: “What I’m hearing from buyers and venues is that without events taking place, they have more time than ever for training and research. The industry’s sentiment over the last few weeks has been very much about sticking together and helping each other during these tough times.

      “There’s no cost for venues or buyers to attend Virtually London Live as it’s designed in the spirit of the industry to provide a lifeline for both venues and agents.”

      So far there are 15 venues confirmed, including; Congress Centre, Central Hall Westminster, the Barbican, the HAC, 10 – 11 Carlton House Terrace, The RSA, Old Royal Naval College and Prince Philip House.

      Confirmed buyers include Hire Space, Canvas Events and Trinity Event Solutions who, in addition to their own team, will be inviting their agent partners who use their Edge platform.

      Co-founder of Hire Space Edward Poland said: “We’re still placing bookings for later in the year through Hire Space Professional so the need for our Venue Experts to keep learning about new venues hasn’t gone away. We’re really excited to be a part of this and hope it’s something that will bring the whole industry together.”

      CEO of Trinity Event Solutions, Jacqui Kavanagh said: “It’s a great initiative and will enable our Agents to continue expanding their venue knowledge at a time when they otherwise couldn’t. Every Trinity agent needs to visit 100 venues per year so this will contribute to that continuous knowledge building that is essential to us as an agency”. 

      Virtually Live London takes place at 11:00 on both Tuesday 21st and Wednesday 22nd April 2020 and will last for approximately one hour and a half.

      If you’d like to register as a buyer or venue get in touch with Patch on virtuallylivelondon@patchmedia.co.uk

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