Industry veterans form support group for struggling companies

Agency and venue leaders will offer advice to events businesses who are in need of confidential help.

A number of event industry leaders have offered to help struggling suppliers, venues or agencies with informed support and advice.

In response to the current economic difficulties the industry finds itself in, Smyle's founder Rick Stainton has been joined by Julian Pullan, vice chairman at Jack Morton; Michael Wyrley-Birch, CEO of TRO; Jonathan Emmins, founder at Amplify; Russ Lidstone, group CEO of The Creative Engagement Group; and Jeremy Rees, CEO at ExCel London.

They have all agreed to offer their time over a confidential one-to-one call to businesses in the industry who need help. 

"It's become clear that there are a lot of businesses that just need to talk through their current situation confidentially with someone and glean any advice they can from larger businesses, that perhaps have more experience, resources or have been able to develop a route-map," said Stainton. 

"In addition, with the furlough scheme unwinding, coupled with a recessionary scenario imminent, if I was a smaller agency in a more vulnerable position with a lack of depth in strategic experience around me, it’s clearly a lonely place to be.

"I have no idea if there will be many takers but if we only help one business it’s worth it." 

If you would like to take the group up on this opportunity, email rick@smyle.co.uk.

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