TWIA and COVID-19

TWIA IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS

Updated 26.03.20

We have been blown away by all the messages of support that we have received in the last few days and weeks. Thanks to everyone who has got in touch.

These are unprecedented and difficult times for all of us, on both personal and professional levels, but these are also times where we find out what we’re made of and (re)discover our resilience. It’s great to already see local and virtual communities coming together to support each other.

Weddings, and therefore wedding suppliers, are being greatly affected as the Government has now stopped all gatherings of more than two people, including weddings. Couples are cancelling or postponing their weddings placing many wedding businesses at serious risk. I understand the pressures you are under; I am a wedding supplier myself and I am seeing my bookings postpone as well.

BUT…couples still want to get married so we can survive this if we work together, share information and ideas and are resourseful and creative; all things that the wedding industry already excels at. You can help by completing our Survey. More on this below.

The Governement has now released information on the financial support it will give to the self-employed, information that will be of real interest to many businesses in the wedding industry. You can find more details of this HERE.

For the last 10 years, TWIA has supported and championed wedding businesses of all shapes and sizes; it’s why we set up TWIA in the first place and we shall continue to do so in these difficult times.

TWIA IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS
Entries, Nominations and Voting for TWIA 2021 remain open. TWIA’s core aim is to recognise and reward excellence in the wedding industry. This remains relevant and vital to our industry now and in the future.

The vast majority of TWIA happens online; Entries, Voting, Nominations and Judging. We very much hope to be able to travel the country with our Regional Awards Events in November and to have our National Awards Event in January. Apart from anything else, these events will be particularly special this year after everything we all will have been though.

CONTINGENCY

Events
If we are unable to run our events in November and/or January, we shall announce the Regional and/or National Winners online. In fact, this is what we used to do when we first started TWIA back in 2011. We could also postpone our events to early 2021 instead, if necessary.

Client Voting
TWIA has a well-established system of client-only Voting. At the moment, we intend to run this as normal. It is vital to remember that TWIA is not simply about the total number of Votes received. How we use the Votes is explained in full in the 'In Detail' section HERE.

IF YOU ARE A WEDDING SUPPLIER PLEASE CLICK THE BUTTON BELOW TO COMPLETE THE SURVEY.

COMPLETE THE SURVEY

RESILIENCE, RESOURCEFULNESS AND CREATIVITY

The wedding industry is an incredibly supportive environment and now, more than ever, we need to help and support each other however possible, whilst maintaining our own health and wellbeing and that of everyone around us.

Small business owners are a resilient, resourceful and creative bunch; we have to be. Many of you navigated your business through the financial crisis more than a decade ago, many of you established your businesses in the aftermath of that crisis. We now need to show that same resilience, resourcefulness and creativity in the face of this new adversity.

The bottom line is: We are here for you, and we will do everything we can to help wherever and whenever we can.

So, let’s weather this storm with each other and for each other and, all going well, come out the other side all the stronger for it.

Best wishes to you, your family and your business.

Damian Bailey
TWIA Founder


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