Committee created to support Scotland’s £1bn-a-year events programme

A committee has been created to ensure a safe return to Scotland’s “world-class” event programme – which it said boosts the nation’s economy by £1.1 billion a year.

The new group cites events such as the Royal Highland Show. Picture: contributed.

The Scotland Event Producers Independent Committee (Epic) has been established by a group of experts to share knowledge and information during the lockdown and to develop ways for the events industry to help each other and the wider community.

The aim is to ensure a future for the businesses and guaranteeing that high-quality, iconic events continue to thrive across the country.

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It says Scotland is home to a “highly concentrated” number of event-organisers, promoters, contractors and suppliers – who work on thousands of events in Scotland throughout the year locally, nationally as well as internationally and on some of the nation’s most iconic celebrations.

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These events also underpin the hospitality and transport industries, employing thousands of people to deliver them, it added. The group said the closure of venues and cancellations of events has resulted in a huge financial loss for these businesses, which affects employees, freelancers and contractors. Those behind the group “saw an opportunity to help the community around them”.

It will work with the Scottish Government and the national events agency Event Scotland as well as local councils to ensure events return safely, within a realistic timescale as well as developing public confidence.

Epic founder Shane Grieve said: “By working together, we know we can survive this and return stronger than ever. However, it needs the collective experience and world-class expertise that exists in Scotland to get together to ensure a collaborative and effective response.”

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