Meeting Needs, the events industry charity, has unveiled details of its inaugural industry support initiative, an online forum called Money Matters, which will take place on Thursday 11th June at 2 p.m. The forum, a financial Q&A, is being supported by Saffery Champneys, one of the top 20 chartered accountant firms in the UK, and is designed to offer participants help in navigating their most pressing financial concerns. Registration is free of charge.

The event is a direct response to the results of a survey undertaken by the charity across the events industry, including both freelancers and employees, which said 75% of respondents were actively seeking help and advice on the Government’s financial benefits scheme, as well as taxation issues. The subjects on the agenda will be set by the audience in advance in a format similar to the TV show “Question time” with responses from Saffery’s Richard Collis. They can suggest their questions by using the link below.

In announcing the initiative, Meeting Needs Chair Jason Wilcock said: “Through the survey we undertook, we asked how we could best support the industry through the current crisis and the overwhelming response was the need for expert help and advice on finance. We are incredibly grateful to Richard Collis and the team at Saffery Champness for providing this much-needed support. Based on the feedback from this inaugural event, the charity remains committed to undertaking further initiatives to help where we can.”

For more information on the event and to register free of charge, please follow this link.

You can submit your questions to Richard on the registration form or by sending them to Margaret Mann, Meeting Needs Secretariat at




About the Speaker: Richard Collis, Saffery Champness

Richard heads the firm’s Business Advisory Group, working particularly with internationally active businesses. In addition, Richard has significant expertise advising clients in the human capital sector, in particular recruitment businesses, and professional practices. Richard also advises businesses in other niche sectors and markets.

As well as being a Chartered Accountant, Richard is also a Chartered Tax Adviser, providing a wide range of compliance and planning services to companies and individuals.

Richard’s clients range from new start-up ventures, long-standing family businesses and large international groups. Richard advises clients with worldwide activities, including Europe, North America, Latin America, Africa, Middle East, Asia and Australasia.