Actually 2020 - like every fourth year - would have been an exceptional trade fair year with a particularly large number of major international events on German soil. Actually...
Because then everything turned out very differently. At the end of February, with the cancellation of the first major trade fairs, a wave began that drove us forward for two weeks. And then from March onwards suddenly total standstill. A state of affairs that we have never experienced before. With the ban on major events, we - and with us the entire trade fair and event industry - were banned from our profession.
During the night of 22-23 June 2020, the industry drew attention to your catastrophic situation with the "night of light" campaign. Throughout Germany, 9,000 prominent buildings were illuminated in red, including our company headquarters, the Old Railway Station in Erkrath. "red alert" - because many will not survive for half a year or a whole year without orders.
Even we, as hard-boiled optimists and a company established for more than 20 years, find it difficult to plan the future of Melles & Stein without a reliable perspective. In order to survive we have put the agency into a kind of Sleeping Beauty sleep, announced short-time work, reduced fixed costs where possible.
At this point we would like to thank all our customers, service providers and suppliers who have proved to be true partners in these times! Who behaved fairly in case of cancelled orders, who had contracts adjusted and who offered their help. We also thank our employees and hostesses who are going through this lean period with us. Thanks to everyone who keeps asking how we are doing, who supports us with advice and encouragement.
As in every crisis, you recognize your true friends. And we are overwhelmed and happy that there are so many. We look to the future with this feeling of confidence. And look forward to seeing you again! Because of course we don't sleep, but work with our team on alternative concepts. More about this soon...
Until then you can reach us as usual on all channels for questions and requests. Now and in the future.