We joined a number of Venues and Event Production companies all over the UK to #LightitinRed on Monday 6th July. The campaign has been run to raise awareness of the devastating effect COVID-19 has had on the Events Industry.
More details about the #LightitinRed campaign can be found here https://www.lightitinred.co.uk/ – the main plea is as follows:
The event industry will not survive the next 100 days!
Since early March the events industry has been mostly without work. All kinds of major events are currently prohibited due to the COVID-19 crisis. Corporate events, conferences, concerts, festivals, weddings, trade shows and theatrical performances are no longer able to go ahead. This is leaving an entire industry dormant, with over twenty-five thousand businesses and over half a million workers throughout the UK directly suffering the ill effects.
The events industry urgently needs a bailout until the markets returns, including:
- Grants made available to businesses in the events supply chain
- Furlough scheme extended until the industry is back to work
- Extension of the self-employment scheme, tailored towards the industry