Global health crisis impacting events and exports

The World Health Organisation has declared the outbreak of Coronavirus a public health emergency of international concern.

The Science Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) has advised anyone who has travelled to the UK from mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau in the last 14 days and is experiencing symptoms, to stay indoors and call NHS 111.

Apart from the obvious effect this is having on the public, it is also becoming more apparent that this is also affecting businesses. With companies who are exporting from the affected countries experiencing delays in the movement of goods and also the events industry, with cancellations or certain events due to the concern. An article from the Institute of Export detailed the the potential impact of coronavirus on international supply chains.

Some companies are forward planning to make sure that the current situation is not having an adverse affect on business.

Dale Parmenter, CEO at DRPG, said: “Today virtual events are a real alternative to the real thing, whether we’re aiming to travel less to reduce our carbon emissions, or due to a global health crisis. With digital communication, removing the need for delegates to travel is a compelling solution.”

You can read DRPG’s full article on ‘The Benefits of Virtual Events’ here.

At the Chamber, we have a dedicated team of International Trade advisors, who can provide you with any information or advice regarding the effect that the health crisis is having on the supply chain or the exporting of goods. For further information please email internationaltrade@hwchamber.co.uk or call 01905 673621