#WeMakeEvents is now at Red Alert to raise awareness of the UK’s 1,000,000 highly skilled industry professionals, all of whom have had no work for the past four months with little likelihood of restarting until Spring 2021.
Our industry includes a huge supply chain ranging from production, audio, lighting and video, to logistics, planning, transportation, and some of the world’s leading technology manufacturers.
Without additional support for the supply chain, the UK is in danger of losing its global position as a world leader in world class events. Moreover, all of our incredible creatives and technicians could lose their livelihoods for good.
We are calling for meaningful support from the Government until the industry is allowed to operate in a way that is not limited by social distancing policies including:
1. Grants – not loans – made available to businesses in the events supply chain
2. Furlough scheme extended until the industry is back to work
3. Extension of the self-employment scheme, tailored towards the industry
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#WeMakeEvents - the events industry needs your support
SHARE YOUR STORY ON SOCIAL MEDIA
Leading industry brands are sharing stories of how events professionals are feeling the effect of the Covid crisis. Now it’s your turn! We’re inviting you to share a short video on social media speaking about your background, when you lost your work, and when you hope to regain it.
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LIGHT IT IN RED: JOIN IN ON 11 AUGUST
On 6 July, hundreds of venues, monuments and buildings across the UK lit up red to draw attention to the events and entertainment industries, from the Minack Theatre and Eden Project in Cornwall and London’s National Theatre and Royal Albert Hall, to the Blackpool Tower and Theatre Royal Dumfries.
There is now a second event planned on 11 August. They are calling for companies and event locations throughout the UK to light up their building or structure in RED. If you are plannning to take part in the event on 11 August, please register on their website.
SIGNPOSTS TO MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT
We understand that it is a difficult time and our mental health may be more at risk than usual. To help, you can access a range of support from the following industry organisations…