Dozens of jobs lost after Cardiff club night Mode is dropped

December 12, 2012 1 Comment »

Student event Mode has been held at Revolution on Tuesday nights for a number of years. The night has now been dropped by the Castle Street club.

An entertainment management company says dozens of jobs are to be lost after a Cardiff nightclub dropped a popular student event.

Student event Mode, held on Tuesdays at Revolution, was cancelled by the Castle Street club before the final week of the university term.

Cardiff-based firm Skooled, which organised the event, said it would be forced to cut six full-time staff members and about 30 part-time workers due to the cancellation.

Fans of the event have expressed their disappointment on social networking sites, with “bring back Mode” campaigns on Twitter.

Revolution said it made the decision to drop the event to help offer new “vibrant” experiences to customers following a four-week review of events.

Skooled managing director Daniel Jefferys, 25, who founded the events company in 2010 after graduating from Cardiff University, said he was “shocked and disappointed” by the decision.

He said: “I feel more for the people who are going to lose their jobs. Everyone in the office are Cardiff University or Cardiff Met graduates and they are all losing their jobs.”

Mode has been held at the nightclub for several years.

Final year Cardiff University student Alex Chesterton-Matt is set to lose his job as events manager.

The 20-year-old, of Cathays, said: “I have been relying on that because I thought I had that wage, but now my Christmas plans are all completely ruined.”

A spokesman for Revolution said: “We want to offer our guests exciting, new, vibrant content and we sadly felt the current company would not fulfil that criteria.

“Mode has been hugely successful and I appreciate that Mode is part of people’s enjoyment of going out in Cardiff on a Tuesday.

“We believe we can heighten that experience by investing in improved content to give our guests better value and an improved experience.”

Climax Promotions will take over the advertising, content and marketing of Tuesday night events at Revolution, which, the nightclub’s spokesman said, would lead to the creation of new jobs.

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  1. James December 13, 2012 at 1:33 pm - Reply

    Perhaps I'm missing something here, but it seems odd that an events promoter would decide to cut SIX full-time jobs within days of a contract being terminated. Depending on employment contracts and the staff members' length of service (see https://www.gov.uk/redundant-your-rights/overview for more info), the costs of doing so could be quite considerable. Instead, why not spend that money, plus the eventual cost of re-hiring new staff when business picks up again, on developing a new event at a different location? The Cardiff club scheme seems to be very dynamic, with promoters moving between venues and rebranding their events on a regular basis.

    I would echo the comments of Daniel Jefferys (i.e. it's those losing their jobs I feel sorry for), but it's clearly a mark of a still-vulnerable economy if an established business like Skooled is unable or unwilling to meet the challenges posed by a single lost client.

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