The most important job of all. Safeguarding your team.
It's no surprise to anyone, that the event industry has been hit hard. While some believe this would be a nice to have, the situation is ever changing and there is no government body, union, or anyone who can give the industry concrete 'answers' on when things may return to normal (if ever), and what we can expect to happen, when.
Most small businesses have been able to receive an element of government support during this time, but as times get harder many of event companies, and suppliers to the industry have fallen on hard times and released jobs to save costs, regardless of the helpful furlough scheme.
So, while times are tough, at S3K Group we've opted for a slightly different option. We've been in business for over a decade and built up a core team of staff and suppliers that we are fond of, that we trust and who are instrumental to our success (and our client's businesses) moving forward.
So, we've focussed on ensuring we safeguard ALL of our key staff to ensure we are match ready for the other side. Our loyal team have worked every possible hour to build and operate both our and our clients' events, so their security and jobs are important short, and long term.
Our team is a mixture of office based staff, and on site crew and skilled labourers who, together, build, design, install and operate all types of brilliant live events (both our own concepts, and our clients). With the office team occupied with proposals and concepts for events later in the year and beyond, the crew whilst safe needed to get out and about. They are an energetic bunch and get bored easily so we got the hint we needed to do something to combat this! To go from maximum to zero is difficult for some to adapt to when most of our team, (especially the event crew) are used to being onsite a lot of the summer, this might be locally in West Sussex and Hampshire, or further afield up and down the country and overseas. (Ed, our MD had his birthday with his family and wasn't working - for the first time in 14 years - that kind of says it all!)
So, with vehicles and machinery and a truly amazing team at our disposal we've been getting busy diversifying and volunteering and safely getting out and about within the community. The S3K Group have, volunteered for local community projects, carried out NHS Responder tasks, become couriers and taken on low key maintenance work, (a bit different to building world class hill climbs and ice skating rinks, but nevertheless active and positive work to do).
We don't know exactly when things will return to 'normal' and when we can be onsite building grandstands for thousands of visitors and installing events that we've helped our clients design. What we do know is that when this point comes, our brilliant team of event crew, project managers, site managers and event managers will be ready and eager, and we can't wait.