Events 4 Covid-19: Connecting event industry resources to the frontline

3rd Apr 2020

The Covid19 virus had a devastating impact on the events industry and it’s suppliers in  the North-West. Many companies have had to postpone or cancel their events and the  industry has come to a halt leaving thousands of suppliers, service providers and  freelancers out of work.

A network of event organisers and suppliers large and small in North-West has been created to pool their resources and work together to assist with requests from the NHS,  local government, charities and any other organisations that need support right now  to help with any efforts to support the community in the fight against the virus.

The  group includes suppliers that have access to generators, furniture, comms equipment,  tents and marquees, outdoor and indoor audio equipment, outdoor and indoor lighting,  vehicles, staging equipment, medical and ambulances, heating equipment, venue  dressing and many other items. The group can also provide services including security,  medical, av engineers, traffic management, project management, networks of  freelancers, transportation and volunteer management as well as many other  services.

Companies signed up so far include: CityCo and Manchester BID, Beyond 90, DECORDIA, Engine No.4, From  the Fields LTD, GoTo Live LTD, Green Events Company, Inflatable Pub Company Ltd,  John Mayoh Events Ltd, Laura Barker, Mersey Medical Services Ltd, Manchester  International Festival, Mustard Media, Niche Event Hire, Osb-Events, Outgoing Ltd, RED DAM Group CCTV, Stretch Tent Hire, The ExcluSec Group Ltd, The Warehouse  Project, Proud Events.

After 3 days of inception the group has already joined forces with a number of Greater  Manchester organisations, charities, initiatives and local government to support the  fast growing demand of equipment and services in this time of crisis.

Sacha Lord, Night Time Economy Adviser for Greater Manchester said: “I’m backing this new initiative which is a great example of the events industry coming together in a  moment of crisis to assist the organisations most in need.”

The group would like to urge organisations working to fight the virus and its effects on  the community to submit requests for resources large and small. Organisations can do so by submitting their requests on the form ​here​.

The group also urges other event suppliers large or small in the North-West to join  their efforts. If you’d like to join, please submit a request ​here.

Events 4 Covid 19 was initiated by Nelson Beaumont-Laurencia of  CityCo and Robert Masterson of Mustard Media after being inspired by Portuguese industry colleagues who they have now established an alliance with.

The group is looking for colleagues to join the aid movement by replicating the scheme in other  areas of the UK.

If you’re interested in looking at this in another region please contact rob@mustardmedia.net