Blog: Standing as One

The Stage recently featured a story about just how seriously we have been affected by the ramifications of COVID-19 and the devastating decisions we have therefore been forced to make. This news must have resonated with many people throughout the industry, as the outpouring of support, kindness and empathy we have since received has been humbling to say the least. Across our social media channels, the story became one of our most highly viewed this year.  We have been overwhelmed by the comments from so many customers, peers, freelancers, venues and suppliers we have had the joy of working with during nearly 50 years of business.











And we know that sadly, we are certainly not alone in this

stark reality. The #WeMakeEvents campaign works tirelessly to

highlight the plight our industry is facing and will continue to do so until we

receive the government support that is critically needed. The last Global Day

of Action united over 30 million people who work in the live events sector worldwide,

in awareness initiatives including #LightItInRed and the #StandAsOne peaceful

demonstrations. We were happy to do our bit to help spread this vital message,

lighting up our Wimbledon HQ and creating a video

to convey the grim facts of our situation:






  • 40% of our staff have lost their jobs through no fault of their own
  • Our production revenue generated by Live Events is down 95% from last year
  • Our Theatre work is down 90% year-on-year
  • We used to employ over 450 freelancers in 2020 and we have been able to offer 10 of them any work
  • We are currently relying on our Broadcast and Installation work to survive
  • We critically need a date for when Live Events work can re-start
  • Until then, we urgently require financial support
















As #WeMakeEvents moves into the RESTART LIVE phase, help is

needed to gather vital data on the second round of the Arts Council England Culture

Recovery Fund.

If your business is one of the successful applicants under this scheme, please TAKE THE SURVEY as soon as you know your







Otherwise please continue to follow the campaign and help

spread the key messaging far and wide.






Thank you.




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