Thousands of Eventprofs Protest Outside Parliament in Silence
We saw thousands gathering outside of parliament yesterday to protest in silence against the lack of support to the events industry. Protesters were dressed in red to reflect on “Red Alert” protest which took place in August and they stood in uniformed and socially distanced rows. This formation was to demonstrate that evenprofs are more than capable to safely bring large groups together.
At 12.50 pm all protesters turned away from the parliament to symbolise how the government has turned their backs on events industry during the pandemic.
Seems like our government has fallen into a habit of ignoring business events sector. If sports venues and live theatres get mentioned once in a blue moon, corporate event venues, conference centres and exhibition venues seem to be forgotten altogether, not to mention caterers, audio visual production, suppliers and freelancers. With guidance that is pretty vague and more confusing than anything else, also with no date for resuming business as usual it’s no wonder eventprofs are fuming and protesting.
Here at Cavendish Venues, we hope this silent protest, the second one under #WeMakeEvents banner, will hopefully make some sort of impact and will encourage the leaders of this country to acknowledge the industry worth over £43 billion pounds to UK economy. Our venues have been left dry for 6 months and it looks like the next 6 months will not be much different. How long can businesses survive without any income? The amount of event venues, event agencies and suppliers already in administration, the amount of unemployed event professionals and the non existing career progression of the ones who are still employed… These are very scary times for events industry and all we ask is for government to acknowledge us and offer support in our darkest hour to date.
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