We are extremely grateful to David Leathem, CEO of Halo Wedding Venues, for facilitating this full page article in The Times newspaper today.
David lives in Lancashire and is the owner of two wedding venues in the south and the east of England, as well as being co-director of a wedding venue in the north-west. The statement is given on behalf of everyone working across the whole weddings industry in the UK to draw attention to the prolonged closure of our businesses and the consequential impacts.
Please zoom in to read the full article (to be found on page 82 if you happen to pick up a copy in the shops today).
As we fast approach the Christmas holidays, a vulnerable period for many emotionally, we wanted to highlight this paragraph in the article in particular:-
“WHY SHOULD I CARE? You don’t have to, but we really appreciate you reading this and listening to us. We are seeing immense pressures now arising, from being unable to trade for such a long time, in lots of small and large wedding businesses. These pressures are impacting on so many in our sector, and with real personal financial and mental health consequences too in many cases. If changes could happen quickly, a lot of businesses and jobs will be saved. We are all ready to open up and trade again in a safe way. We just desperately need equality of treatment with other hospitality businesses.”
The What About Weddings team continues to lobby for the support that our beloved wedding industry requires on a critically urgent basis;
1. REOPENING: a safe incremental increase in numbers from 15 with a view to fully reopening at capacity from April 2021, offering parity with the rest of hospitality in the events industry.
2. SUPPORT: financial support for all those in the sector whilst we remain closed in all but name.
3. INSURANCE: A government backed scheme to support consumers and wedding businesses in the absence of available insurance cover.
Sending weekend love, support and solidarity to all our wedding colleagues today, with special thanks to David for making such a bold, brave and necessary statement.