Stage One

Our response to COVID-19

There is no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic has presented our business with some challenges. We first encountered project disruption in mid-February when Mobile World Congress in Barcelona was cancelled. Six months of planning and production was put into storage rather than on to trucks bound for Spain.

This was soon followed by cancellation or postponement of many other gigs. Cannes Lions, Venice Biennale, Serpentine Pavilion, EXPO2020 are just a few of the many opportunities that have been snatched from our grasp. We are in the business of crowds and so it’s no surprise that we are particularly impacted in this way. We fully acknowledge that these decisions have not been undertaken lightly and that any cancellation or postponement has been done for all the right reasons.

We’ve been fortunate that not all of our activity has been curtailed. We have several permanent install projects underway that have simply been delayed rather than cancelled. We’ve used the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to furlough many employees and we hope that this will help us through some difficult trading conditions.

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Our office staff have taken well to working from home and Zoom meetings have become the new normal. Staff in the workshops have been great at adapting their practice and we’ve taken steps to reconfigure working areas, rethink processes and change many of the welfare arrangements at break times. Hand-washing has always been pretty good here at Stage One, but is now better than ever. We’re pleased at the rate at which we’ve managed to find new ways of working. Safety of operation will always remain a priority.

It’s hard to know exactly when things might return to normal and the uncertainty is frustrating. However, we’re a resilient organisation; we’ve demonstrated this time after time. We remain hopeful for the future but have to be ready to adapt to a world that has changed forever.

We are open for business, we have capacity and we’re eager to talk to you about new projects. If you’d like to schedule a zoom call to discuss projects, then drop an email to and we’ll set something up.

These are unusual times.

And unusual is what we’re best at.

Author: Stage One