As many of you know we are future motivated and I made the statement that in 3 months time there will be major changes and ‘I felt the show must go on!’. At that moment, there was no firm directive to cancel shows from the Government or Local Authority – At the time of writing, there is no definitive answer as to when this present chaotic situation will come to an end. I am heartened by the immense – I repeat immense – support for our stance. This is something I will write about at another time.
We must make the correct choices:
And follow the consensus of thoughts:
Being Community-based we have a feel for The Community and regardless of what a few people believe! We are a responsible, ethical and morally based business. Indeed we listen and watch, and, therefore, we have taken what we KNOW to be a right and proper step. As it seems everybody is talking about a 3-month time scale we have returned all payments (deposits and full payments) received for the following shows: Newark Pure Spirit, Lincolnshire Well Being Show and Newstead Well Being (May, June, July). Some Community Members have chosen to defer payments into the shows scheduled for later in the year and we thank them for their faith and support. We still await replies and details from a few Community Members whose details have been amended or changed. If you are one of these people, please look in your spam or junk folders.
There is incredible uncertainty about the next three-month period. We know it is unethical, and immoral to hold monies for shows which, in all likely-hood will not go ahead. We know it is in everybody’s best interest to return monies if we feel that the shows will not go ahead. And there is a very important factor to consider: We cannot be certain Visitors will travel to the events and therefore holding funds in the hope of putting on a show now becomes untenable for Community Members and exhibitors.
Although there are terms and conditions in place there are no terms and conditions to cover this extraordinary situation. It will be wrong for us to hold exhibitors’ monies in this instance, attempting to enforce terms and conditions is not appropriate in the exceptional instance. Of course, this is only one of many reasons for payments to have been returned.
Another aspect is – there will be self-employed people, people with small businesses, many friends and longterm associates who will go through incredible hardships over the next weeks and months. Everything we can do to help them we will do so, be it a few pennies or a few hundred it may well help them through difficult times ahead.
Community Members will always have our support and we will always make the right moral and ethical choices. We hope that this gives you a clear insight into how we operate our organisation, I still believe that many people desire something to look forward to and wish to be working to their future. I’m making no comment as to my feeling of the present situation, this can be discovered in another place. We do what is right by the people who have supported us in the last three years of growth. We’ll assess the rest of the year as it comes and all of our Community Members will receive clear updates as to our position with all future events.
A choice has been made to subsidise the future shows to enable Comunity Members to find security to the future. We will announce the repricing structure during the next week.
Many thanks for reading this article, please share it we do not want anybody to be under any doubt about our position. Last week we had a few emails from people who had read social media posts regarding MBS and Wellbeing shows and difficulties with money and the reference was not to LizianEvents.
Stay safe, Ian and Liz
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