Another link provided by Follies.... I am not sure if this can help anyone.. but just in case..
The govt have a week opening to apply for a hardship discretionary grant that can be applied for until Friday this week In case it useful to any of the gang ??? https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-grant-funding-local-authority-payments-to-small-and-medium-businesses
Well done to all of you who are out there working in different industries to survive.. keep going... we will all get there in the end... I am here to do the best for you that I can - please call me if you need to.
CLIENTS, OUTDOOR EVENT ORGANISERS, CARNIVALS/FETES
Here is some information concerning Outdoor shows which you may like to read. It has been published by the Events Industry Forum, and may be something that is useful for those organising outdoor events, and possibly for artistes...
Noted on my website 10.5.20
Agricultural/County Shows and other exhibition-style outdoor events
There are some outdoor events that operate rather like indoor exhibitions which could relatively easily manage social distancing, although they might need to adjust their programmes to avoid activities that might lead to crowding, such as arena events and cooking demonstrations. County/Agricultural shows are a good example where there tend to be relatively wide walkways between exhibits which would allow for social distancing and exhibitors would relatively easily be able to manage with this, although they might need larger stands to allow staff to distance themselves. Much of this is already in place for agricultural events via the industry code of practice and hand washing arrangements required to meet the DEFRA Animal Gathering Orders and Access to Farm rules. There are also smaller trade events run by the same organisations which could possibly be managed on a pre-purchase ticket basis. Social distancing for these events would need to be carefully managed, possibly by the number of people per square metre/acre. This could be done using a similar system to the existing Temporary Event Notice which uses a grid basis to divide up a showground. The Showman’s Show in October is another example of an event that could continue with a careful management. As with other events, organisers would need to risk assess their programmes with a view to managing Coronavirus and consideration would need to be given to the provision of sanitization points, disinfecting of toilets etc. Again, there would need to be trust in the public observing the rules, which could be reinforced with regular signage and some marshalling. Consideration might also be given to asking all visitors to wear masks which, in itself, might help to remind people of the need for caution. Smaller show operating in larger spaces would be in a better position to create social distancing layouts than those larger events with more infrastructure, buildings and larger attendances. There are also many opportunities to use technology to help ensure distancing and safety. For example, self-authentication of tickets, selling time slots and even temperature screening. This type of event should be considered no greater risk than customers visiting a retail shop and probably less so given the wide open spaces. How can this happen: Unfortunately, many of the summer events have already been cancelled because the uncertainty but it might be possible, given the go-ahead soon, for some events in the late summer or early Autumn to be held.
This is a HUGE thank you to every single one of my Clients who have managed to support our artistes by making a down payment on your next years event... on behalf of the Agency, I want to THANK YOU . Also to each and every one of you who have supported this Agency. I have been overwhelmed by the kindness of everyone who has called to offer support and help through this crazy time. THANK YOU ALL .
SELF EMPLOYED ARTISTES: This may be of help to those of you who are self employed
(27.3.20) Check it out to see if you can apply or get assistance.
ARTISTES: There are constant updates and advise www.advice/hmrc/gov.uk There are tax and VAT deferments and grants available. Please have a look. If you need any help, please let me me know and I will do my best to assist you with the site.
THIS IS FOR ALL MY SELF EMPLOYED ARTISTES.. THIS MAY HELP YOU DURING THIS DIFFICULT TIME
For those of you that are not aware, there is a website petition requesting the government to provide help for the self employed. Goggle self employed petition and you will find it. When completing the petition it suggest you contact your local MP. I did this on Tuesday and today received a very helpful reply, See below:-
'Thank you for your email, and I understand that you must be very frustrated and anxious at this time due to COVID-19. Whilst the Government has made some important changes to Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) to enable more people to claim it, the self-employed are still unable to claim, despite calls from many people including myself for that to change. People who work in entertainment, such as yourselves, and hospitality are particularly affected by this. You may be able to apply for Universal Credit. If you are affected by coronavirus you will be able to apply for Universal Credit and can receive up to a month’s advance upfront without physically attending a job centre. I would highly recommend calling and explaining your situation. For more information on this and to apply, please use the following link: https://www.understandinguniversalcredit.gov.uk/coronavirus/ I completely understand your frustration, and I support calls for SSP to be extended to the self-employed. On 3rd March, I wrote to the Work and Pensions Secretary calling for just that, arguing that ‘The self-employed need this Government’s support, and extending statutory sick pay to them would help to prevent what is a looming crisis, if the COVID-19 situation continues to escalate.’ You can read my letter here: http://www.laylamoran.com/layla_moran_s_letters_to_government_ministers_on_covid_19 I will continue to lobby the Government for these reforms to come into place, in particular because I continue to be concerned that the average 5-week wait for Universal Credit payments is a significant problem, even with a month’s upfront payment being made available to many. Would you be happy to pass on your comments to the Government directly? Thank you again for emailing, and just let me know if there's anything else I can do to help'
I would just like to say a huge THANK YOU to so many Clients and Artistes who have taken the time to contact us to wish us well in these truly difficult times. Please bear with us.. we are here and trying to work with all of you, quickly and efficiently and to offer as much help and support as we can. We are made of stern stuff! We will beat this and be ready for business when we are allowed! Take Care everyone - stay safe and hold fast.. the light will soon be at the end of the tunnel..
We will be wishing all our Clients and Artistes a very Happy Christmas and New Year, but will not be sending out cards this year. The Agency has made a substantial donation to the victims of the terrible flood disaster in San Fulgencio and the surrounding regions this year and several smaller donations throughout the year. It is great to know that we have been able to help many many animals and families get back on their feet again.
We are here to help! If there is anything you would like for your event, give me a ring, or drop me a line.. we will do our best to assist you.
Download our New 2020 Brochure
Our latest 2019 brochure is now available.
Please contact us if you would like one.
Our new web site is now live!
Using the latest technology, our new and improved web site is up and running. Simpler navigation, more information, more photos and even a video clip where available!
Our new 2019 Brochure has hit the desk! A full 60 pages and some great new acts to have a look at. If you would like to receive one of these, please drop me an email and I will put your details on our file and send you a copy. If you like what you see, and you find what you would like on our website or in our brochure, please support us and give us a call - we are here to help!
I look forward to hearing from you all soon with your enquiries.
Our new 2020 Brochure will soon be out.. we have a new kid on the block...and some fabulous arena entertainment.. give me a ring to see if we can help.
PLEASE NOTE OUR NEW TELEPHONE NUMBER!! WE ARE NOW ON 01580 754 888 - DON'T FORGET TO CHANGE YOUR RECORDS AND LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING FROM YOU