“I can’t thank French Duncan enough for the expertise and professional nous"...
Skerryvore Ltd is the owner and operator of Òran Mór (https://oran-mor.co.uk), one of Glasgow’s leading arts & entertainment venues based in the former Kelvinside Parish Church in the West End. A popular bar, restaurant, brasserie and private dining space, Òran Mór is also a key Glasgow event and live music venue – with the stunning Auditorium (with mural ceiling by Alasdair Gray) playing host to hundreds of weddings, ceilidhs and corporate or private events each year. In addition, Òran Mór organises and hosts the internationally recognised ‘A Play, A Pie and A Pint’ lunchtime Theatre.
What we did
Òran Mór and its owner, Colin Beattie, had worked with French Duncan previously on a few different projects, and had been very pleased with the service provided. In addition, French Duncan has held the annual Staff Christmas Party at the venue for the last few years.
Òran Mór was impacted dramatically and immediately by the COVID-19 lockdown, with an almost immediate drop to zero revenue and cancellations for many months ahead. Whilst the business had taken advantage of a number of Government schemes such as Furlough, the business was still struggling to navigate through. Then a chance conversation Colin Beattie had with a friend occurred, who told him how proactive and helpful the French Duncan team had been throughout the crisis – and how they might be able to assist.
Upon getting in touch, we began by gaining a full understanding of all the business activities, and started to investigate the various grant and support options available to the company.
Impact we had
Having analysed the full extent of the Òran Mór business, we identified that the business was eligible for a new Creative Scotland managed fund, the Culture Organisations and Venues Recovery Fund. Having agreed our approach, we then prepared for the company a full application and supporting materials – this involved collating the financial information from prior to COVID-19, measuring the full impact of COVID-19 and preparing projections for how Òran Mór will get through these difficult times.
We also assisted in preparing a substantial written report detailing the great cultural, social and economic impact that Òran Mór has had on life in Scotland.
In early November we were informed Òran Mór had been successful in their application within the first tranche of this fund and has been awarded the maximum amount available being £250,000.
“I can’t thank French Duncan enough for the expertise, guidance and professional nous they have demonstrated over the past couple of months. I’ve been pleased with their service previously, and then a friend mentioned that French Duncan were THE people to help me through this difficult COVID-19 situation. The team have proven to be fantastic, and I’m delighted with their work. This grant has provided a lifeline for the business, and I was lucky to bump into that friend…I think I owe him a drink!”
Colin Beattie, Owner, Òran Mór