Companies that provide event management services have been overlooked for financial help during the pandemic according to a South Oxfordshire district councillor.

Councillor Leigh Rawlins, has written a letter to the the Secretary of State for Business to ask for urgent guidance on how the council can help event management companies.

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In his letter he highlights that this type of organisation ‘falls between the cracks because they do not wholly or mainly sell goods to visiting members of the public’, and this means the council is unable to provide rate relief or support them with a business grant.

Councillor Rawlins said: “There has been no revised guidance on this particular issue and the only extension to the retail, hospitality and leisure provisions was to bring bingo halls, estate agents and letting agencies into the mix for extended business rate relief and associated grants.”