A number of local live events venues in Norwich have been in touch with me and said they are running into financial trouble after being forced to go dark by the Coronavirus.
These venues have told me they’re struggling to cope with substantial overheads including business rates, which commonly total tens of thousands of pounds annually. Sadly, none of the already-established Coronavirus support initiatives fully meet the venues’ needs. They’re slipping through the net.
I’m backing venues including OPEN Norwich, Norwich Puppet Theatre and Norwich Theatre Royal who are lobbying central government for help.