In a letter to UK chancellor Rishi Sunak, 18 March, Chris Skeith (CEO, AEO), Rachel Parker (director, AEV) and Andrew Harrison (director, ESSA) have asked for a rescue plan to specifically support the UK's exhibition industry and its supply chain.
In it the leaders of the three associations (known as the Events Industry Alliance) have asked for:
- Confirmation of all aspects of both the rescue plan, and the government’s Coronavirus Support Package announced last week will apply to the events industry
- Consideration of a specific event industry-wide aid package (in line with Danish State Aid Package)
- Business support extended around payment of NI, VAT, Loans, and other repayments for business and individuals
The letter comes ahead of the Chancellor’s plan to go into more detail over the £330bn in business support he announced yesterday.
The letter in full: