Stourbridge MP Suzanne Webb has welcomed more than £1 million of grants and loans given today from the government’s Culture Recovery Fund to three local businesses.
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden announced details of over 2,700 organisations being offered nearly £400 million to help the culture and heritage sector reopen and recover from the pandemic.
Included is Ellis Live – a national live music and event promotions company based at Stourbridge Industrial Estate that has received £1million, MKM Events, based in Enville Street, which manages pubs and arts venues in the town and it received £41,000 and the River Rooms bar and club venue in Mill Race Lane got £28,950.
“This is a substantial sum going right into the heart of Stourbridge’s cultural organisations and businesses and it will enable them to recover from Covid,” said Suzanne.
“The arts have been badly hit by the pandemic nationally and this support – 70% of which is outside London - is much needed and very welcome just at the time we’re looking to get back to normal.
“Going to the theatre, to live gigs and to shows is an important part of our lives and it’s important they are supported so they are there for us to enjoy again.”