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Retainer-based staffing solution set to help venues reopen

A new employment initiative from Leicester-based events agency, Associate Events (AE) aims to get quality staff back into venues in a risk-free way.

AE is offering a white label staffing service called ‘Associate Venues’ to venues across London and eventually the UK. Working on a retainer basis, AE will employ permanent events staff from its pool of events professionals that range from operations managers to sales teams, on behalf of the venue.

Alister de Ternant

The scheme is flexible and scalable to suit the individual needs of each venue. AE employees can supplement existing in-house teams or fill gaps in the workforce, providing the right level of support required, as the venue builds its business back up again.

Alister de Ternant, managing director at Associate Events said: “We have invested heavily in this concept, aiming to proactively help and support the industry, those who work in it, and see venues remain competitive as we hopefully continue to move out of the era of Covid.

“The concept maximises economies of scale, capitalising on the talent now in the market and providing a scalable long-term staffing solution that will help the industry get back on its feet and stay there.

This concept is basic but is predicted to save venues a third on their labour costs.

“We are setting a new standard of operating, with no idea ‘off the table’ for any venue. In discussions with over 20 ‘tier 1’ venues and groups, the take-up and interest clearly shows that this is needed, whilst bringing employment opportunities to professionals who have stuck by their industry.

“This is a true industry disruptor that challenges venues to think differently about the ‘traditional’ way in which they had been working. We’re all moving into a new era, so let’s do it together.”

Find out more about Associate Events here.

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