How event suppliers are adapting in uncertain times

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We check in with five businesses that are responding to the COVID-19 crisis with new services and initiatives.

We are in the midst of an utterly devastating and challenging time for the event industry, as the COVID-19 crisis sweeps Australia and the world.

Yet with so much uncertainty, the event industry is showing its resilience, with countless businesses and suppliers stepping up to assist and support others where they can.

We’re also seeing many event businesses rapidly adapting to the ever-changing landscape, offering new services and products and even providing free services to help those in need.

Below, we’re sharing some of the latest initiatives from our A LISTers.

If your business is adapting or changing their product offering, get in touch so we can share it with our readers.


Creators of bespoke merchandise Merchgirls is offering a limited stock of hand sanitiser and face masks to support and protect the community.

“With the ever evolving COVID-19, the need for essentials has become both a priority and a new luxury,” said founders Hannah Chipkin and Pippa Joseph.

“Fortunately we in a position where we can help with supplying some of these hard-to-get items to our valued community, giving some protection and peace of mind at this crucial time.”

Their first batch of hand sanitiser and masks have sold out, but they are taking orders until 1pm today (20 March) on a second delivery due in April. Contact the team to place your order.

Coffee on Cue

The next few weeks were shaping up to be some of the busiest for coffee cart hire company Coffee on Cue.

But with the new restrictions on mass gatherings, the company have seen up to 90 per cent of events postponed until the end of April, leaving them with a significant volume of coffee beans.

As a result, the company has launched an online store, giving customers an opportunity to buy the coffee beans to enjoy at home.

“Pricing is super sharp, and great value if you’re thinking about making at home or at work,” said founder Ryan Spaccavento via Instagram.

They’ve also created a fun t-shirt with the slogan ‘Never fear, your coffee is here’, which you can purchase through the online store.

Check out Coffee on Cue here.


Audio visual supplier AV1 offers a range of services to support virtual events, and with the latest restrictions to mass gatherings, the company is shining a light on its webcasting services.

For those who are new to webcasting and wondering where to start, AV1 has released The ultimate guide to webcasting to explain the terminology and the services available.

Get in touch with the AV1 team for more information.

Be Challenged

As many businesses have begun working from home, it’s important to keep motivation and productivity up, connecting with your team and encouraging collaboration.

Team building provider Be Challenged has a number of team-building solutions that can be delivered remotely.

Be Challenged understands cash flow may be tight for many businesses and is offering a range of free remote team-building programs, tools and resources, as well as a free coaching session for businesses who need help or advice.

Contact the team to learn more.

Peter Rowland

Feeding people since 1962, Peter Rowland has been quick to adapt its business to the changing event landscape.

With people spending more time at home, the catering business has launched a dinner service, delivering restaurant quality meals directly to Melbourne homes.

“Our suppliers have assured us we will continue to have a steady supply of fresh vegetables, meat, fish and poultry over the coming weeks and months,’ the group said via Instagram.

“To support our clients while they are hunkered-down at home we will deliver deliciously soothing, immune-boosting soups, casseroles and stews direct to you. All meals are prepared in the Peter Rowland kitchens by our team of chefs focusing on nutrient-rich ingredients.

“We’ve kept the prices friendly and the ingredients locally-sourced. The menu changes weekly.”

Place your dinner order here.

Peter Rowland will continue servicing Melbourne and Sydney clients through catering delivery and has intensified its cleaning and hygiene procedures to ensure the safety of staff and clients. Learn more about their services here.

A LIST Guide understands sourcing venues and suppliers for your events might not be a top priority right now. But when you’re ready to continue planning your events, we will be here to help you create amazing events.

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