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MetiNews.Com - ‘How is it fair that a single holiday rental receives more help than a business bringing in hundreds of thousands of pounds?’
Breaking News ! A Cornish company, which has brought in hundreds of thousands of pounds to the Cornish economy, feels ‘totally screwed’ by the Government during lockdown. Incandescence is a circus theatre company based at Pendeen, near Penzance, which tours arena shows to over 60 countries and has produced live stage shows for Take That and Beyonce. Its director Satya Lapham has spoken of her anger that “if you have a holiday rental business of one property you can receive more help in Cornwall than our business, which brings in hundreds of thousands of pounds to the local economy”. Satya, who has run the global entertainment company from West Cornwall for 20 years, wrote to her MP Derek Thomas asking: “Our business brings in more money to the county and employs more people than a one-person holiday business. Please tell me how that is fair or just?” Incandescence produces and tours shows worldwide, but with all the creation and design work done in Cornwall. “We have brought in £100,000s worth of work into the local community for years. The majority of our contracts are either overseas or out of the county. So this money is brought into Cornwall where we have nurtured and trained a Cornish workforce to deliver these shows,” said Satya. “We have never had any government financial help and have built the business up over 20 years with the amazing talent in Cornwall. “We have been totally shut down as a business over the last year and have received little help. We have used all of the company’s reserves to keep going. I feel very angry and totally screwed by the last round of funding.
. This is because it is registered as a workshop and office space. So we have not received the grants this year although we have been shut down and not allowed to deliver live shows in anyway so therefore have no income.” Incandescence produces full-length circus shows, often complete with stunning aerial choreography, which have been seen all over the world from headlining the Circus Big Top at the Glastonbury Festival to being the first company to tour to Bolivia.
One of the Cornish company's shows which has gone global
The company has performed in 60 countries including South Korea, Japan, Thailand and the Middle East, staged a support show for Beyonce in Egypt and produced and choreographed parts of Take That and Robbie Williams’ Progress Live tour. All the props and costumes are made in Cornwall, where the majority of the company’s 60 freelance performers are based. Satya said she has ploughed her own money into running classes on Zoom for the past two months to help keep her workforce going. You can stay up to date on the top news and events near you with CornwallLive’s FREE newsletters – enter your email address at the top of the page. “I have spoken with Cornwall Council many times to see what help we can receive and because we fall through the net I have applied to the additional restrictions grants and we cannot get that because of the overloaded uptake. “There are a lot of businesses like ours in Cornwall who are not holiday lets and who need help. The arts have been completely let down.” She told Conservative MP Mr Thomas she felt Incandesence had fallen “through the gaps of your party’s policies”. Mr Thomas' office has told Satya they will follow up her concerns with the Culture Department
Source = MetiNews.Com - Cornwall