Stage Engage, a business based on the outskirts of Exeter that supplies services to events across Europe, welcomed a visit from its local MP on Friday. Managing Director Chris Ablett, who sought help from Central Devon MP Mel Stride in accessing Government support during the pandemic, talked about various issues affecting the industry, including the impact of Brexit on events on the continent.
Mr Ablett said:
“No industry has been hit harder than ours during the past 18 months. The events industry was completely shut down and while other badly hit industries, like hospitality and catering, have been able to open up quickly, major events are often planned well in advance. The grant we received from the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund was a real help, enabling us to retain our staff, and we were grateful for Mel’s help with that.”
Mr Stride added:
“I know first-hand how tough is it starting a business from scratch and understand how worried many local businesses have been about their future. I was encouraged to hear that despite the significant challenges that still remain, Stage Engage is positive about their future and that the events industry in the UK is beginning to bounce back.”
Stage Engage rents out equipment and skilled technicians to conferences, corporate events, private parties and works on live events, theatre productions and festivals as well during the summer. Their services include full design, delivery and production as well as the equipment. For more information visit www.stageengage.com.