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Article published 26/07/2020

Response to Scottish Government event funding

The Scottish Government has today (26 July) announced £10 million of funding to help the events sector recover from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 

The funding will provide support to organisers of cultural, community, and sporting events, as well as to supply chain firms facing hardship, to help keep them in business while restrictions on events are still in place.

It will also look to increase community engagement, and support adaptations to event delivery to enable a safe restart.

This is welcomed news from the Scottish Government and comes at a critical time for the events industry, who continue to be impacted by the ongoing effects of this pandemic.

Today’s announcement comes in direct response to the challenges highlighted to us by the industry through our workshops and the supply chain survey, as well as the ongoing work of the Event Industry Advisory Group.

The events industry is made up of a vast range of businesses which do no not operate in isolation – there are many interdependencies across the sector all relying on a supply of goods, services and specialist skills provided by the wider economy.

Sport, live music, entertainment and cultural events also play a significant role in people’s general well-being so putting in place support to ensure the survival of the industry and its diverse mix of businesses is vital.

Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland Director of Events