Frequently asked questions for exhibitors

The 2020 Cultural Enterprises Conference and Trade Show has been cancelled.

This Conference was set to be our biggest and best ever, with record attendance. We’re really looking forward to bouncing back in 2021, with your support – and we’ll be inviting many of our 2020 speakers back to speak again in 2021.

The 2021 Cultural Enterprises Conference and Trade Show will take place at the Harrogate Convention Centre, 10-11 March 2021, with Trade Show setup on 9 March.  Other venues (e.g. awards/receptions) may change.
It was our hope and intention to proceed with the Cultural Enterprises Conference and Trade Show in Harrogate, 19-20 March 2020.  

As the situation regarding Coronavirus worsened, we continually risk-assessed the event.

Given the UK’s move to the ‘delay’ phase of Coronavirus on Thursday 12 March, whatever the public health advice, delegates and exhibitors could not have reasonably had confidence that the event was safe to attend. In a very short space of time, many participants contacted us to ask us to consider cancelling the event.

A large number of speakers pulled out due to their employers restricting travel –  this left us unable to deliver the promised conference programme.

These circumstances were outside of our reasonable control. 
We have contacted all speakers to investigate this possibility – most have offered to transfer their session to the 2021 conference, and so we will proceed on that basis instead.
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Your contract for these costs is with your travel and/or accommodation provider. We hope that by arranging to reschedule to a similar time of year in the same town next year, you may be able to negotiate to re-book. We cannot cover any losses incurred.
Wherever possible, we want to ensure that “you’re OK, and we’re OK”. We want to achieve the best result for everyone, in difficult circumstances. 

You should consider the option to re-book for the 2021 Conference.

If this isn’t possible, please contact us, providing evidence of the serious financial hardship which will be caused, and we will look at each case individually.

Will I get a refund?

It is a matter of great regret that for many people coming to the conference, it will not be possible to cancel travel and accommodation arrangements – though we hope that by arranging to reschedule to a similar date in the same town next year, you may be able to negotiate to re-book. 

The Association itself, a small educational charity, will incur significant costs – the timing, forcing a ‘last minute’ cancellation after large amounts of expenditure has already been committed, is very difficult.

Our insurers, a major provider of insurance to event organisers, have confirmed that Coronavirus is not covered by their policy – we will receive no insurance compensation.

The terms and conditions of booking for both delegates and exhibitors state that:

“The Company [i.e. Cultural Enterprises Trading Ltd, the organisers of the Conference] shall be entitled to terminate the Agreement without liability (or obligation to refund the Fees)… if… the Company is unable to hold the Event as planned due to an event outside of its reasonable control.”

Terms and conditions: Delegates | Exhibitors

For further information please email

Virtual Trade Show

As the Trade Show in Harrogate will not be taking place this year, we have instead created a Virtual Trade Show, which will be hosted on our website for the next few months. Each exhibitor will have a virtual ‘stand’ (page) dedicated to them, and will be showcased in a visual tweet linking directly to their page. The show will be promoted regularly over the coming months in our fortnightly e-newsletter.

If you would like to be included in the Virtual Trade Show, please send us:

  • Up to 250 words of promotional text
  • Up to two images (we cannot guarantee to use both)
  • A website link
  • Your preferred contact details (email / phone only please)

Please email the above to

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