The CEO of Manchester Central has called out the UK Government for its lack of targeted support for the events industry.
Following the announcement by medical chiefs that NHS Nightingale hospitals in the North of England are to reopen, which includes Manchester Central, Shaun Hinds (pictured) said prime minister Boris Johnson has “frequently quoted” the value of events to the UK economy, but that this has not translated into any meaningful support for a sector that hasn’t been allowed to earn income since March 2020. He said: “However, his words have yet to be backed by tangible options that are necessary for the industry to survive the economic challenges that accompany this health crisis.”
Hinds expressed his pride in supporting the NHS and being able to provide one of the UK’s most prominent venues as extra hospital capacity. He said: “We stand shoulder to shoulder with our colleagues at the NHS Nightingale North West and will continue to support the operations at the hospital to aid the response to Covid-19.
“The events industry has been pivotal in the construction and operation of the NHS Nightingale hospitals and when the call came, we responded without hesitation.”
He added: “This is in stark contrast to the response we have received from the government the events industry has yet to receive the essential support required for the survival of our unique and extremely valuable sector.
The talent capability and attitude that is characteristic of the events industry is at risk of being lost if not for ever for many years to come.”
Hinds said that the venue will continue to “do everything we can” to push for the Government support. He added that the events industry will be “absolutely instrumental” in the economic recovery of the nation as long as it is protected.