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Barbican Business Events sees more than 50% increase in demand for filming and photo shoots

Barbican Business Events has continued to adapt to the ever-changing needs of the market, which included the launch of filming and photo shoot packages at the start of 2020. The packages include not just the space for the shoot but also green-room and preparation areas, catering and on-site hosts.

As a direct response to an increasing number of ad-hoc enquiries, the packages and focus on this growing revenue stream helped the team increase film and photo shoot enquiries by more than 50% in 2020 (compared to 2019) despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

Clients using the Barbican for shoots have included pop rock band The Vamps, singer and songwriter Becky Hill, and several high-profile fashion and beauty brands. The Barbican was also a key location in The One, a Netflix top 10 hit, released last week.

Jackie Boughton, Head of Business Events at the Barbican commented: “Although the COVID-19 pandemic and resultant lockdowns have impacted our short-term meetings and event offering, we have continued to develop alternative revenue streams taking government guidelines on safety into account. Our filming and photo shoot offering was just coming to fruition when the first lockdown struck, meaning we were in the perfect place to expand it beyond simple ad-hoc responses to a full service, as soon as restrictions lifted. The whole team have worked hard to make this offering a reality and I am delighted by the success they have seen in enquiry levels as well as the subsequent confirmed business and delivery.”

The increase in shoots is just one area Barbican Business Events has seen growth and diversification over the last 12 months. Others include weddings, training events and a full-service hybrid offering.

Further information is available from the Barbican Business Events team via

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