Amid the global Covid-19 pandemic, a surge in UK infections and the government’s widely anticipated move to a ‘delay’ phase, Credit Strategy has decided to postpone all events during Credit Week.
In the lead up to today (March 12), Credit Strategy had been adopting a business-as-usual approach to preparations for Credit Week, while closely and conscientiously monitoring guidance from the government, Public Health England and the World Health Organisation.
The team had gone to great lengths to ensure all events of Credit Week continued as planned and were the best-attended yet. With 30 sponsors signed up, this year’s Credit Week was set to be the biggest on record, but the wider circumstances have changed completely.
In light of the government’s expected announcement today following an emergency Cobra meeting, and Credit Strategy’s own policy to make the safety of all delegates, sponsors and our own staff our number one priority, all Credit Week events have now been postponed to later this year.
Luke Broadhurst, chief executive of Shard Financial Media, the parent company of Credit Strategy, said: “In the midst of unprecedented circumstances, both here and globally, we have taken this very tough decision.
“We have undertaken a very detailed assessment of public guidance from the relevant authorities, as well as the fast-changing travel policies of our member organisations. We have also been, and remain, very conscious of the need to provide a safe environment for our attendees. We had found that our audience was reassured by measures we had put in place to achieve this throughout Credit Week.
"However, ahead of the anticipated government move to the ‘delay’ phase to tackle the virus, and to ensure we deliver safety and the highest possible value to all members at the Parliamentary Reception, the Credit Summit, and the Credit Week Gala Dinner featuring the Credit 500 and the Women in Credit Awards, we will now host these events later this year.
"We want to thank everyone for their support and patience during this time. All existing tickets will be transferred to the new dates later in the year.
"As we continue to host these vital events, we also have major plans to ramp up the volume and quality of our digital content offering in the coming months. Watch this space."
As Credit Strategy has previously announced, the Women in Credit Awards, headline sponsored by Qualco UK, is a sold-out event. Credit Strategy is encouraged to see the groundswell of industry support for this programme, and the team is looking forward to recognising exceptional female talent across the credit industry later this year.
New dates and TBCs for Credit Week
The Credit Summit, sponsored by Experian, will be held at the same venue – the QEII Centre in Westminster – on Friday 9 October.
New dates for the Parliamentary Reception, sponsored by Indesser in partnership with the Cabinet Office, and the Women in Credit Awards, sponsored by Qualco, will be confirmed shortly.
The new Credit 500 for 2020 will be revealed online on Thursday March 19.
For FAQs on transfer of tickets and more, please visit the Credit Week website.