PLASA Members’ Area

PLASA and #WeMakeEvents launch follow-up impact survey

Following the extensive report released by PLASA and #WeMakeEvents last winter, they have just released a follow-up survey, investigating the ongoing recovery of the supply chain to the live events, entertainment and installation industries. Companies and individuals from are invited to complete the survey, which closes at midnight on Sunday 20 November.

This new survey will build upon last year’s findings which were sourced from nearly 2,000 industry professionals in over 40 countries. The subsequent 2021 report revealed huge challenges: 45% of companies took on additional debt to survive the lockdowns, 94% of manufacturers experienced delays in components, 69% of companies faced skills shortages, and full-time freelancers in the industry dropped by 52%.

With last year’s survey serving as a solid benchmark, the new follow-up survey will accurately measure the progress made and clarify outstanding challenges, including emerging issues such as spiralling living costs and the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

The resulting data will strengthen the position of the industry at government-level and will provide key insights for business leaders to plan for the future. Once the data is analysed, the full report will be available to download for free on PLASA and #WeMakeEvents’ respective websites.

Nicky Greet, PLASA Director for Membership, Skills & Technical, and member of the #WeMakeEvents Steering Group, comments: “The results of the 2021 report were striking, demonstrating the huge – and ongoing – impact of recent years. We now need to update these findings, so I invite everyone to contribute to this follow-up survey. Answers are anonymous and will inform us of any signs of economic growth or downturns and where there are challenges across the supply chain to entertainment and live events. This will provide valuable data to evidence our situation with Government and finance institutions”  

Adam Blaxill, Stage PLASA Chair and Operations Director for Stage Electrics adds: “A lot has happened since the return of live events and entertainment, and the challenges seem relentless. With this comprehensive survey, PLASA and #WeMakeEvents can truly understand the industry that they serve and confirm our industry’s need for ongoing recognition and support. I encourage all companies, employees and freelancers to take a few minutes to contribute and get their voice heard.”

The 2022 survey will take approximately 10-20 minutes and is open until midnight on Sunday 20 November: