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 are this week’s key stories:

Believe in Music Week: A NAMM Webinar Especially for the UK!

Last month, we brought you the news that our friends and partners at NAMM will be holding Believe in Music week: the global gathering to unify and support the people who bring music to the world (read our article here). We’re pleased to announce a Webinar happening next Wednesday 23rd September that will outline the opportunities that this new digital event brings to UK companies. Find out more and register your place at the link above.

MPs warn Chancellor that arts and leisure sectors face mass redundancies without extension to job retention scheme

Last week, the DCMS Committee called on the Government to extend the furlough scheme for companies working in the arts and leisure sectors to prevent industry wide redundancies over the coming months and lasting into next year. The warning was backed by figures that show more than half of workers in the sectors remain dependent on furlough compared to 13% across all industries.

You can watch the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee meeting, where the financial viability of reopening performance venues that meet the government’s social distancing requirements was discussed, in the article above.

The importance of a Shareholders Agreement

We all find ourselves trying to embrace this new normal during this pandemic and for some, this break has allowed your business plans to come to fruition. Due to the speed that businesses move at, one of the last considerations on your list as both part of your business plan and commercial spending may be ensuring that you have a shareholders agreement in place.

However, in this article the MIA’s trusted intellectual property partner, Briffa, explain how this document could save you time, money and stress in the future.

7 steps for developing a diverse workforce

For many businesses, developing a workplace that is diverse in its makeup and inclusive in its culture is now a priority. To remain relevant, organisations are recognising that the best way of serving their clients is to be representative of wider society – whether it is seeking a more equal gender split of staff at all levels or talent from a wider variety of social, economic and ethnic backgrounds. This article by the MIA’s business support helpline partner, Croner, highlights 7 steps you can take to work towards a diverse workforce.