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Minette with Secretary of State for International Trade Liz Truss

The NFU’s 2021 annual conference and AGM took place over two days as a virtual event on February 23rd and 24th. Usually held at the ICC with an audience of 1500, this was the first time the event was held virtually. It was attended by VIP guests Defra Secretary George Eustice, International Trade Secretary Liz Truss and Labour Party leader Sir Keir Starmer, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson recording a video message to share with delegates. Engaging over 2000 unique visitors the virtual event was a huge success.

Protec were called upon to deliver a custom-built virtual platform, complete event design and branding, the web portal development, technical production & crew solutions, and due to lockdown restrictions; a COVID-19 safe venue.

Protec converted its COVID-19 compliant offices into a studio and control room putting extra measures in place to ensure safety of both clients and crew. These measures included pre-entry COVID-19 tests, track & trace, QR Code entry system, additional sanitiser stations & PPE, increased social distancing, controlled traffic flow, and different entrances for presenters.

To maximise safety Protec used HD remote hot head cameras in the studio to restrict footfall and interaction. These were controlled from the production area.

An existing television studio and live event system, QuVu, allowed for the camera to be placed directly behind the autocue screen so the presenter was looking straight into the lens, giving a natural TV broadcast look and feel.

The technical team took no chances with WIFI and installed a backup 4G and 5G network ensuring no drop in connectivity. A complex NDI & Dante network plus additional vMix servers provided the solution for virtual press conferences after each speaker.

“We had over 100 members of the press on a call where they could ask questions of the presenter and of course the NFU president and get an immediate live response. The feedback from NFU and the press for this was awesome and it worked extremely well.”
Stuart MacLachlan, Head of Production

“I just wanted to say a massive thanks to everyone at Protec for the effort they put into making NFU Live 2021 a huge success for the NFU. They have been helpful, professional, solution driven and have gone above and beyond to help us deliver our annual conference under extremely difficult circumstances.”
Chris Taylor, NFU Membership Events Manager