#WeMakeEvents – RESTART LIVE
The UK events sector urgently needs government support to help it get back to work and to survive the COVID-19 crisis: RESTART LIVE.
Our industry is important and contributes billions of pounds each year to the UK economy. Without major immediate support from government, the entire supply chain is at risk of collapse.
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The RESTART LIVE phase of the campaign aims to raise public and media awareness in support of the live events sector which employs circa 1,000,000 highly skilled people in the UK, all of whom have had no work since March with little likelihood of restarting until Spring 2021. The sector includes a huge supply chain of companies ranging from event production, audio, lighting, video, logistics, planning, transportation and some of the world’s leading technology manufacturers.
#WeMakeEvents is working hard behind the scenes, securing meetings with government officials and gaining support from a number of cross-party MPs who have written directly to the Chancellor.
We all want to go back to work, so we are asking the UK Government to help us to get back to work by:
1. Government backed COVID – 19 Insurance Scheme
Why – To ensure if local lockdowns happen event organisers will recover costs and attendees will receive a refund.
2. Government support for widespread proactive COVID -19 testing for event attendees
Why – To give confidence to attendees and organisers that the event is safe and COVID – 19 Compliant.
3. A three-year extension to the reduced cultural vat rate on tickets in line with DCMS recommendations
Why – To stimulate the return of a viable live entertainment sector.
Until gathering for events is not restricted by legislation, we are also calling on the Government for:
4. Grants – not loans – made available to businesses in the events supply chain
Why – To give companies the flexibility to allocate financial resources where they need it most, to keep their business afloat and to enable them to keep employees, adding value to the UK economy and culture in the future.
5. A specific job support scheme for live events supply chain until the government guidelines change on social distancing to allow a commercially viable return to work
Why – To allow employers to retain highly skilled people in preparation for a return to work; to support the freelance community, including single director companies; and to support all those excluded by the current government eligibility criteria. This will help us to be ready to kickstart the industry and hence the UK economy.