Yes probably. Its just shocking the way people just rock up with an event, take peoples money and fail on so many safety levels. Many of these events do not do festival insurance. They do not do risk assessments, they are not registering/paying PRS, taking payments via personal Paypal accounts meaning if cancelled its hard to get refunds, not getting SIA badged staff, liaising with local authorities etc but somehow getting away with it. How, I do not know!
We do everything by the book. We are fully registered as a business with an accountant and business bank account. We have 24 hour badged security. All our traders have to provide insurance and hygiene certificates. We make sure we plan meetings regularly and all authorities are informed.
We do not make any profit, we barely break even but we are only 3 years old. We haven’t made a loss but not made a proper profit yet and we don’t expect to any time soon. Its a long term project but walking before we run.
I do think something needs to be done. No idea what. Whether local authorities needs to clampdown on TEN licenses or ask a few more questions first. Due diligence should be done before a festival can be registered maybe?
Any ideas from anyone?