The Events Industry Alliance (EIA), consisting of the Association of Event Organisers (AEO), the Event Supplier and Services Association (ESSA) and the Association of Event Venues (AEV), raised concerns with the UK chancellor of the exchequer when members of ESSA repeatedly contacted the association to complain that local authorities were not forthcoming in providing even the basic support grants promised by the government on October 31, 2020. ESSA director, Andrew Harrison, explains. "Throughout the lockdowns, ESSA and our sister associations AEO and AEV have been holding regular online meetings with members, speaking to them on the phone and sending dozens of emails each month to help members access support of all kinds. The one area where we find more members struggling to access support successfully is that delivered by the local authorities. There is a stark contrast between regions, some have received support within days but an unacceptable number have failed to receive any support at all."
„It is vital that our case is recognised and access to funding is eased.“
A recent survey shows that roughly two-thirds of the ESSA member workforce has already been made redundant, and 86% of the companies surveyed forecasted further redundancies by the end of the first quarter of 2021. The research also suggests that more than half of supply chain businesses will face closure in the first six months of this year if they don't begin to trade near previous levels soon. "The figures speak for themselves, we are an industry that cannot operate during the pandemic. It is vital, therefore, that our case is recognised and access to funding is eased," concluded Harrison.