These are extra-ordinary times and ITC are in the process of working out how best to support our wonderful members through them. This last week has been dominated by helping companies manage cancellations and work out how best to support their staff and freelancers. I have been overwhelmed by the generosity, thoughtfulness and resourcefulness of all the members who have called.
We are working closely with Equity to find non-adversarial, fair and ethical solutions to the catastrophic loss of work. Wherever possible we are encouraging organisations to put plans on ice and postpone rather than cancel.
We are continuing to lobby an behalf of the sector. This week I attended digital round table with freelancers in the creative industries, trade unions, creative organisations and others, to discuss the plight facing creative freelancers across the country. ITC have signed up to this letter.
Every case is different so we would encourage you to call and talk it through with us: 02074031727 members line is being diverted through to our mobiles. Leave a message with your phone number and we will get back to you.
We are also working with the Unions and our partners in the sector to lobby government to put measures in place to protect the incomes of freelancers in our industry. We will keep up the profile of this essential community of practitioners.
We are looking at ways to deliver some of our training and professional development online so watch this space.
As people emerge from the initial shock of the current situation and begin to want to plan and think about the future we will be here to help. We are offering to book free phone consultations with members to talk through strategic planning. Email or phone to book a consultation.
We are also very conscious that Boards will be in need of advice and guidance through this difficult time. Chairs of ITC Member companies are welcome to book consultations with us too. We will do our very best to meet the demand and to share the learning across the sector.
We are keen to hear from members with suggestions of what they would find helpful over the coming weeks.
We welcome advice calls from members throughout this unprecedented time and we are learning useful things from every contact which we can share with others.
Stay well. Stay sane and look forward to helping you weather this storm.