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Imagine if Glasgow could create an amazing shared pool of event resources. This would mean reducing and reusing as much as possible - more sustainable for our city and reduce costs too

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Imagine if Glasgow could create an amazing shared pool of event resources. This would mean reducing and reusing as much as possible and could have a rental or subscription service business model. It could be everything from signage and plasma screens to shipping containers for rented portable meeting space to high visibility jackets for event employees and pop up recycling stations. As it would need to be kept in a storage space, it would probably need to be slightly out of the city centre.... maybe other event participants could have items delivered there and it could also act as a shared storage with coordinated shared deliveries into town using electric vehicles? Any other suggestions for what could become an ‘event community’ resource? It would be great to co-create it with event organisers.

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Yasmina Lembachar
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  • Great idea, Leanne! I would suggest you start a bulleted list of all the resources you've mentioned already in the idea description so other people can easily read through and add to it! Maybe reaching out to your network so they can join the discussion on here would also be beneficial!

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    Chris Malcolm
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  • Hi Leanne, great idea, would definitely be very worthwhile engaging with the event organising community, GCC, Convention & Event Scotland and and the GCoC to explore possibilities. A central resource for all the key elements would require a high degree of planning and a very large injection of capital but as you say, with the right business model, could definitely be worth exploring further.

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    Chris Malcolm
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  • I think there are several resources that can be reused, such as elements of stage sets that can be stored and refurbished for the next event, signage, etc. I don't really think the AV side of things could be centralised as a shared resource as the cost of initial investment along with regular maintenance, PAT certification and re-investment as new products come to market would be prohibitive. Scotland has a wealth of AV companies who can provide most of the kit required, without having to ship up from down south and also look after the appropriate Risk Assessments, Method Statements and provide their own PLI. A shared resource would need a dedicated team to maintain the equipment, prepare for use and project manage the build and delivery however, at present, I don't think there are enough events to keep a team employed full time.

    Leanne Anderson
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  • Thanks Chris - good to know about the good resources that exist for AV and yes, maintaining etc would need to be factored in. I wonder if Glasgow Life might have stats on event quantities, scale and spend.

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    Shyaam Ramkumar
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  • It would be great if there was a platform to know what shared resources are available.

    There was another idea from Reiss Salustro-Pilson and his Enviromate platform (http://circle-lab.com/node/52) and also Lee Kilcoyne and the ConstructAds platform (http://circle-lab.com/node/51). It would be great if these platforms could somehow be adapted for the events industry for everyone to know what shared resources exist and are available to use.

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    Rebecca Ricketts - Challenge Initiator
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  • Hi Leeanne. This sounds like a really sensible business proposition. Having spoken to Glasgow Convention Bureau, it appears that there’s nothing like a ‘shared pool resource’ for events at the minute. One challenge is that event organisers tend to keep their suppliers close to their chest as this is how they secure work, and margin. Does anyone have any suggestions around how this could be effectively addressed?