This week’s Campaign podcast focuses on the events industry and what needs to be done to save it, including the recent #lightitinred campaign, which saw buildings illuminated across the country.

The coronavirus pandemic essentially brought the live events sector to a standstill. While the furlough scheme and other types of government support are helping, many argue that freelancers, self-employed people and suppliers are not receiving the support needed. With the return to events now looking like a long slow journey, this podcast explores what the sector needs to thrive in the future.

Running order

Intro and news with Simon Gwynn
1:00 – John Lewis dropping its tagline
5:30 – Return to the office
9:30 – Simon’s experience of a socially distanced gig
14:00 – Introductions to Peter Heath and Helen Hanson
16:35 – The current state of the events industry
17:35 – The #lightitinred campaign
19:30 – How the pandemic has affected Helen’s business and other businesses
25:15 – Discussion on the furlough scheme and £1.75bn government help for buildings
28:40 – How will events work with social distancing?
31:52 – Are there things to look forward to?

This week’s Campaign Podcast was hosted by Fayola Douglas, and produced and edited by Ben Londesbrough.

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