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The company has enjoyed a direct relationship with its audiences not only in contact at performances but also through our FRIENDS OF THEATRE SET-UP scheme. Friends received an annual mailing which included a letter from management discussing the year's important events and a list of the season's venues. It was the kind donations and warm support of these Friends which made it possible and worthwhile for the company to continue each year.

Theatre Set-Up has enjoyed business partnerships with many companies over its 35 years of operation:

1. The John Lewis Partnership (who sponsored the company for 13 years), NatWest, Marks and Spencer PLC, Sainsbury PLC, Arthur Guinness Ltd, Johnson Matthey, Manx Airlines, SAS Scandinavian Airline Systems, British Midland, Sturgeons, Case Communications Ltd of Watford, MidNAG, have been sponsors of the season and of individual venues.

2. Very prestigious Corporate Entertainments have been given using the company's performances by: Imry Holdings Ltd., (over the Rose Theatre, Southwark), Coopers & Lybrand Deloitte, (in Belsay Hall, Northumberland) and KPMG Peat Marwick, Travers Smith Braithwaite, Scottish Provident International, Mercury Asset Management, and Lloyds TSB (at Peel Castle, Isle of Man)

3. Southwest Arts, London Arts, English Tourist Board, Isle of Man Tourist Board and Medina County Council, Isle of Wight have supported Theatre Set-Up with grants in the past. IIsles of Scilly Tourist Board and Manx National Heritage gave support for many years.