Impact Production Services (IPS) has launched a COVID-19 Deposit Guarantee Scheme to help event and festival organisers secure infrastructure for their events.

The scheme will enable organisers to book a stage and outdoor roof structure, and if an organiser is forced to postpone an event due to changing guidance, IPS will transfer the full deposit to another date up until December 31, 2022 (subject to availability).

An IPS statement said: “We know that everyone within the outdoor events industry is desperate to get back to work this summer, so we have launched a deposit guarantee scheme to help event organisers get their infrastructure secured.

“Audiences are excited to return as soon as it is safe for events to go ahead, and whilst the Government ‘data not dates’ approach is commendable in many ways, for us in outdoor events it means no fixed restart date is on the calendar. This is further reducing the range of available dates for summer 2021, and frustrating organisers who are already dealing with all the current challenges. Choosing a date too soon after June 21 may mean risk of postponement, and later in the season may overlap with other established events with potentially reduced audience numbers or lack of available event infrastructure.

“To try and make things work better for everyone, we have introduced the IPS COVID-19 deposit guarantee scheme. It means that as an organiser, you can now relax knowing that if your event is forced to postpone due to changing guidance, then we will transfer the full deposit to another date up until 31st December 2022, subject to availability. Whilst we appreciate there are still a great number of other considerations alongside the outdoor roof structure for your event, hopefully this will make things a bit easier, and we can all get back to doing what we do best.”

In further news, IPS has launched a 14m mobile trailer stage alongside a 24m Eurotruss PR15 Roof structure.

The 14m stageSMART Trailer Stage is one of the largest available in the UK, and offers a quick deployment time, whilst maintaining significant roof loadings and production possibilities. The 24m Eurotruss PR15 is IPS’ biggest ever outdoor roof structure, and ideal for bigger productions and audiences, offering extensive performance space and masses of production capacity.