Linton Jazz pianist thanks the team for their support in confinement
An international jazz pianist from Linton has thanked South Cambs District Council’s business support team for helping save his business during the lockdown.
Robin Phillips, who is a jazz pianist, singer and presenter, was initially unable to access support during the pandemic due to running a limited liability company.
He has now thanked the board team who stepped in with critical support and flagging government grants to help his business, repmusic.
Robin, 44, tutors aspiring jazz music students of all ages in his recording studio. When lockdown restrictions hit, everything was put on hold and his business took a hit.
After the first year of lockdown, during which Robin was unable to access the initial generic support packages offered, the Enterprise Support team helped Robin connect with grants.
Robin said: “My talent is as a musician. I didn’t know where to start when it came to grants and support, so having the board team on the phone was invaluable.
“It made all the difference at a difficult time, and I can’t thank them enough. I would advise any business, whether you’re established, a new business, or anyone thinking of getting established, to get in touch as their pool of knowledge and resources can be vital.
As the hospitality industry gets back on its feet, Robin’s business is once again thriving. He recently won an international film festival award for his feature documentary Back to sourcewhich traces the history of jazz in America.
Cllr Peter McDonald, Senior Cabinet Member for Economic Development, South Cambridgeshire District Council, said: “We are committed to supporting local businesses and are delighted with Robin’s success.
“We hope this will encourage others to contact us if they want advice on starting a business, diversifying or finding resources to help them get started, sustain and grow.
“Our service is completely free thanks to a team that has years of commercial experience in various business sectors.”
Linton District Councilor Henry Winton said, “I would like to congratulate Robin on winning prestigious film awards and for his passion to push forward with such creative talent. It brings honor to our local community.