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Hillhead 2021 given green light under COVID safe protocols


Hillhead has started planning its 2021 tradeshow event and is ensuring it meets the required COVID-19 safety protocols.

Trade shows in the United Kingdom have been allowed to resume from 1 October, 2020, with QMJ Group, the organisers of Hillhead, planning the event to ensure it adheres to government-approved measures for safely managing COVID-19.

These measures – part of the UK’s events industry’s “all secure standard” proposal – will involve social distancing, cleanliness and hygiene and “protect and detect” communication.

“This proposal outlines what measures exhibition organisers, venues and the supply chain are taking to ensure the health and safety of all its visitors, exhibitors, and event personnel in response to COVID-19,” the proposal said.

Hillhead show director Richard Bradbury said early planning ensures visitors and exhibitors will be supported effectively.

“While it is likely that some of these measures will be relaxed by June 2021, Hillhead has taken the decision to plan for them at the earliest opportunity, ensuring visitors and exhibitors will be supported in the most effective manner,” he said.

“A comprehensive framework for a safe show is already being put in place, which we look forward to sharing with you in the New Year.”

Several exhibitors have already given the event a vote of confidence and signed up for 2021, including LiuGong Direct UK, Barford, Fox Brothers, John King Chains, Kelly Tanks and DXB Pump & Power.

The 2018 show, one of the few open air exhibitions of its kind in the world, boasted record attendances at Tarmac’s Hillhead Quarry, near Buxton, in Derbyshire in 2018. It was attended by 19,687 unique visitors from 88 countries.


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