We are now half way through April, and so far 2020 has flown by.
I’ve a real mixed bag of emotions to talk about today. Over the Easter weekend I spoke with several friends whose businesses are on their knees. There is no sign of the promised support from the Government, because it’s just taking so long to actually get the forms, or speak to someone or whatever is it that is actually needed to get the grant, or a loan. These are people who know what it is like to work hard and it’s heart breaking for them to sit on their sofa at home, wanting to get stuck in and rescue their business but not being allowed to. This stress then leads directly to a sudden loss of income whilst at the same time having to pay their business and personal bills is beyond words. All I can do is listen and try to keep their spirits up.
Projections yesterday announced that the UK economy could shrink by a – and here’s that word again – unprecedented 35% with 2m job losses is frankly terrifying, I think, but don’t quote me on this, that the economy was that size when The Beatles were in shorts! Or that might have been when traffic was as light as it has been over the last couple of weeks. Either way, a 35% reduction and 2m unemployed are extraordinary figures and may I remind you that later this year the UK is supposed to complete that Brexit thing, which itself was always going to be a challenge to the country’s finances.
On a brighter note, I spent some time on a video call (which is of course the rage these days) with our wonderful web designers yesterday. We looked at several designs for our refreshed website which were really rather excellent. Very exciting!
Personally I’ve got into a good routine under lockdown now. I’m not able to work the hours I feel I could because I am spending time during the day with my son and he insists (quite understandably) that I finish before 5pm. This means my much discussed list of things to do remains somewhat longer than I would like. But we’re coping. My team Emma and Vicky are amazing, but we already knew that didn’t we?
Take care everyone.