Value Invest London


A summary of the steps that the London Value Investor Conference and the QE II Conference Centre are taking to deal with any risk from COVID-19 is below.

Temperature scanning

Thermal imaging cameras will enforce that anyone with a temperature over 100.4 F (38.0 C) will not be permitted access to any area of the conference venue.

Social distancing

This November we will move the conference upstairs to a much larger room which has over 21,000 square feet of space (enough room for 1300 people to be seated ”normally”), which gives us the flexibility to sit delegates in a socially-distanced format if this is required.

Limited attendees

We will be limiting the number of attendees to ensure that every delegate is seated at a table with adequate space

Food at your desk

Compass Group will be offering a “stay at your desk” food option for speakers and delegates. Open buffets, coffee service and close-contact table service at events has been reconsidered and we look to replace with frictionless methods of food and drink provision. For example, the high-quality bento boxes are a smart and hygienic alternative to traditional plated meals and buffets in catering areas and self-service coffee stations. High-quality hot food will be offered to everyone (this will not be a “packed lunch” with sandwiches and crisps).


Procedures will include temperature screening, a no-contact registration with screens; sanitising stations with dispensers in all reception, cloakroom areas and lift lobbies; plus regular disinfecting of door handles, push plates, stair rails, lift call buttons, chair arms and lecterns

We do not know which of the measures above will be required in November but by taking these steps as a precaution the London Value Investor Conference has positioned itself as a leader in adapting to this new environment. Additional measures will be announced before the conference to make the conference even more COVIDSafe.

Other measures:

  • Room disinfection: Clorox® room disinfections will take place in between events, including furniture and equipment. High touch points such as door handles, push plates, stair rails and lift call buttons will be cleaned on a continuous cycle throughout the day.
  • Sneeze screens: Registration will be equipped with free-standing sneeze screens.
  • Cloakroom: The cloakroom will safely place each item left in a poly garment bag.
  • Hand sanitiser: Sanitising stations with dispensers are available in reception, cloakroom, lavatories areas plus all lift lobbies.
  • Safe networking: We do expect the very large networking area to still be accessed but in a socially distanced format.

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