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Priorities have changed

Like many companies over the last year or so we have pondered, planned, adapted, and finally restructured our business.

What we have realised is that in the recent past, the plethora of crewing companies and an abundance of crew to call upon, has led many clients to disregard the crewing aspect of their event plans until very much the last minute.

We of course have always understood the important and essential role we play within the events industry, and it seems that now our clients are appreciating that too.

Whilst understanding our place in the jigsaw, even our own perception was that we were always at the bottom of the supply chain. Not any longer it would seem.

This is not us being boastful or anarchistic but highlighting the shift in the supply chain dynamic. No longer an afterthought but now a forethought, we find ourselves talking more & more to clients about what they are doing not a week or month in advance but three or sometimes 6 months, something unheard of in the past and we will be doing our best to get more of these conversations going.

As the leader of the sector for many years, we have always recognised the need to value the people doing the job and to show more respect for all those whose work is vital to make events happen.

Back in the world before covid, the emphasis was placed on cost not value. Now as we enter WLWC (yep you guessed it, World Living with Covid) we want to make sure we have a stable business, to support our crew and help them progress positively towards a more inclusive future, creating fairer treatment within the event industry for us and our industry peers.

Gallowglass has always taken a strong stance on fair employment practices & wages but of course the ability to give the crew higher pay is governed by what we charge our clients. As a result of the current shift in the supply chain dynamic we are the best payers in the sector,

While personnel shortages and other issues are creating major headaches for suppliers, event planners, venues, and freelancers, some see opportunities to rethink the way events are planned and to employ innovative new approaches.

Record levels of employment, shortages of equipment and technicians in a seasonal industry are at the root of the challenges that we are all facing. The pandemic has forced many people, not just in the events sector but across hospitality and the workplace in general, to rethink their work-life balance.

So, in what has been a traumatic period for the events sector, the bounce back is in full swing, and the future is looking brighter for all.

If you require crew for your event, get in touch with us. Our teams in London, Birmingham, Bristol, Manchester, Leeds, Glasgow and Edinburgh are ready to assist.

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Conor Hourihan

Business Development Manager, Gallowglass Group Posted on 21 Apr 2022
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A Music Production graduate, Conor has spent the last 19 years in customer service roles. Joining Gallowglass initially as a Crewman, his talent for gaining clients' trust and forming lasting relationships, made him a shoo-in for our business development and marketing team. When he's not liaising with clients, Conor is our visuals expert - overseeing video content and imagery for our website, app and new vehicle and uniform branding.
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