Weekly round-up

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Here are some of the key industry news stories that we’ve brought you this week, in case you missed them…

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Here’s this week’s key stories:

Red Alert – Tuesday August 11th

We have been writing over the past weeks about the genuine concerns for the future of the UK live music industry, especially the venues and the thousands of (mainly) freelance people that make up the staging, lighting and audio experts in the UK, that are the lifeblood of every music event.

Our partners at PLASA have spearheaded a campaign called #WeMakeEvents to draw the attention of the government to the fact that there is no likely return to live music in the near future and that most of the staff involved are not supported by the furlough/SEISS schemes. The story  details a day of action next week on Tuesday August 11th.

Free Webinars hosted by experts for MIA Members

The MIA’s Business Support Helpline partner, Croner, are offering free webinars for MIA members that are hosted by some of the most knowledgeable professionals in their respective fields. The themes for August’s Webinars include re-building a strong team culture, managing your workplace policies to cover COVID changes, ensuring your staff feel safe on their return to work, zero hour workers in your business and more…

These useful webinars will cover everything from HR and health & safety basics, right through to specialised training sessions including relevant legislation and key case law.

SME Music Retail & E-Commerce Research Study

Digital technology has driven a multitude of innovations over recent decades and has become a central component of many business strategies, models and process. One such innovation is e-commerce – the sale of goods or services, conducted over digital networks – which has transformed how transactions are performed and altered how businesses interact with their suppliers and customers.

In the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic, demand for e-commerce is being accelerated like never before. A research study is being conducted to examine how UK SME music retailers perceive e-commerce, in an effort to understand how a critical retail sector can be supported to capitalise on digital technology in a post COVID-19 retail landscape.

You can contribute to this study and take the survey at the link above, please consider getting involved.

3 steps to prepare for the end of the transition period

The UK has left the EU and is currently in the transition period which will end on 31 December 2020. Businesses should take action now to start preparing for new trading rules which will be in effect from January 2021. This article by the Department for International Trade sets out concrete steps that you can take to minimise disruption and take advantage of new opportunities.

The Daily Safety Checklist

The MIA brings you a Daily Safety Checklist that can be used by shops, offices and workplaces to ensure the safety of your team and the environment that you work in. The list covers measures such as hand wash facilities and PPE availability for staff members, cleanliness of touch points in high use areas, and ensuring and implementing social distancing at work. Take a look at the link above.