LightitRed 0003 Layer 1Venues and Event Production companies all over the UK have been turning red to raise awareness for the support required because of COVID-19 restrictions.

A group of furloughed staff from IPS volunteered to help turn Milton Keynes red on Monday 6th July in support of the national #LightitinRed campaign. They worked with local venues including the Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes Theatre,  MK11 Live Music Venue & Sports Bar, The Craufurd Arms and flooded buildings with red light. The team also lit various iconic MK locations, including The National Bowl, The Concrete Cows, The Campbell Park Light Pyramid and Amphitheatre – and of course the IPS Offices & Warehouse. Also adding to the red glow were local venues The Stables and The VenueMK, plus many more including over 500 other venues throughout the UK.LightitRed 0000 Light it in Red Milton Keynes Theatre photo by Ben Carter White Event Productions

More details about the #Light it in Red campagain can be found here – the main plea is as follows:

The event industry will not survive the next 100 days!

Since early March the events industry has been mostly without work. All kinds of major events are currently prohibited due to the COVID-19 crisis. Corporate events, conferences, concerts, festivals, weddings, trade shows and theatrical performances are no longer able to go ahead. LightitRed 0002 Facebook SquareThis is leaving an entire industry dormant, with over twenty-five thousand businesses and over half a million workers throughout the UK directly suffering the ill effects.

The events industry urgently needs a bailout until the markets returns, including:

1. Grants 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

LightitRed 0001 Let the music play logoIPS have also been supporting the PLASA #WeMakeEvents campaign and the twitter which are helping our part of the industry fight for more much needed government support to protect our company and jobs, and the many thousands of people who work within this sector across the country. There has been some limited support already announced, but a lot more still needs to be done to get events up and running again. There is more information and lots of photos on our facebook and twitter pages – please have a look, sign the petitions and help us spread the word.