The Association of Scottish Businesswomen takes the health and welfare of its members and supporters very seriously. Our thoughts go out to anyone who is already affected by Coronavirus Covid-19.
We have been monitoring closely the developments relating to the spread of coronavirus COVID-19. In particular, we are conscious of its potential impact on the attendees of our forthcoming events.
In March both the UK and Scottish Government gave quite clear advice on the need to avoid social contact and wherever possible work from home. This advice clearly affects any activity which relies on face to face contact, especially in significant groups.
On 16th March 2020, we postponed the remainder of our ASB Coffee Connections programme until further notice.
In March we also announced our decision to postpone our 2020 conference. Our intention had been to just nudge it back into autumn this year. But as time has gone on, it is clear that the situation is changing constantly. We are just not feeling confident that the restrictions will all be lifted in time to put on the conference we originally planned, and at the time we hoped.
After a lot of deliberation, we have come to the conclusion that the safest option is to cancel this year's conference. We are disappointed but we are staying positive. Instead, we are working towards being able to offer a new date in spring next year. Hopefully by which time we will all feel ready to tackle a more positive 2021!
We are still working through the financial implications of moving our contracted booking with the venue. Venues are also managing event and wedding cancellations too, much more imminent than ours. The ASB is a not for profit organisation with limited surplus funds so it is important we get this right to minimise our own financial penalties.
If you are a ticket holder for the event then you will have received a direct broadcast advising you of your next steps.
For those of you also planning towards our Awards event scheduled for September, we would advise caution just now, especially if looking at travel and accommodation. With things changing so rapidly we may need to bring this event under review too. We will update you in due course.
Meanwhile, we are encouraged by the positive mindset shown by our members. The past couple of weeks has revealed so many initiatives, as individuals and businesses recognise the need to approach their working and home lives a little differently. Our March newsletter invites you to share your ideas on how to cope with change. At work or at home.
We encourage members to connect on the Members Community on Facebook as we envisage more and more 'member to member' support emerging over the coming weeks.
We really are thankful to you all for your patience and support.
Wishing you all stay safe and well.
Lyndsey Greer Phillips
The Association of Scottish Businesswomen
Last Updated Thursday 2nd April 2020