Following on from Event Industry Forums that were conducted throughout April and May, the fragility of the events supply chain was identified as one of the key shared concerns across the sector. In response to this, VisitScotland Events Directorate asked businesses working closely with the events sector to complete an online survey (live from 16-22 June) which requested feedback on the impact of Covid-19 on their business.
The survey underlined the breadth of organisations involved in the events supply chain with event organisers, production services and AV & technology companies providing the largest representation. The vast majority (96%) of respondents were from micro or small sized businesses and most rely significantly on the support of freelancers, 69% of respondents are self-employed, either as a sole trader or via a Ltd Company, and 89% indicated that their head office is based in Scotland. Many of these suppliers provide specialist skills that, once lost, are not easy to replace.
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