2021 - New Year, new challenges

By : Administrator
Published 4th January 2021 |
Read latest comment - 24th February 2021

Happy New Year all.

As the first business day back, a lot of small business owners are coming to terms with our new independent status from the EU. Hopefully, we can all move on from the remain/leave arguments of the past and try and make the best of it.

It's looking like a lot more paperwork for those doing business in Europe. I'm still waiting to find our how data sharing agreements are handled as the legal people sift through the details.

Most of us also start the year in higher Covid Tiers/Levels. But at least vaccinations are underway, so there is light at the end of a long tunnel. I'm thinking some kind of normality around October/November? The talk around things getting better in the Spring seems a little too much to hope for.

So like 2020 it's going to be a challenging year, but at least this year we are aware of the issues, most of us have made changes to our businesses and operating procedures. So hopefully, the peak of business disruption and chaos is behind us. Or is that me just being too optimistic?  The eventual end of the furlough scheme will certainly bring a lot of pain to a lot of small business owners and employees.

If there was ever a time to support fellow business owners, it's now. So if you have any issues, challenges, headaches or just want to vent, feel free to create a thread on the forum or post on our Facebook or Twitter pages. 

 

Steve Richardson
Gaffer of My Local Services
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I think we have adapted as well as we can to keep going through 2020.

Sadly, staff have left, (through their choice) and we are back down to minimal staff and using agency staff to fill in the gaps.

There's a long hard road ahead of rebuilding in 2021, but it's all getting totally exhausting.

The prospect of going back in to a full lockdown is welcomed, I think it should have been done a long time ago.


Trena
Fitz2Kleen
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It was a really brutal week with the lockdown kicking in and the schools being closed suddenly!

It's a good time to support small businesses if you can for sure. It's not being any easier just yet!

Hopefully the vaccinations continue and we can see some freedom return in the spring. I really hope so for everyone's sake! 

I'm going to rent an office as I simply cannot work at home and my camper van office isn't an option currently. It's all been quite stressful with the kids here. 


I think we have adapted as well as we can to keep going through 2020.

Sadly, staff have left, (through their choice) and we are back down to minimal staff and using agency staff to fill in the gaps.

There's a long hard road ahead of rebuilding in 2021, but it's all getting totally exhausting.

The prospect of going back in to a full lockdown is welcomed, I think it should have been done a long time ago.”

 

Sorry to hear that Trena, but keep the faith. Things will get better, let's just hang in there until the Spring.

Best to Mark.


Steve Richardson
Gaffer of My Local Services
My Local Services | Me on LinkedIn

Sorry to hear that Trena, but keep the faith. Things will get better, let's just hang in there until the Spring.

Best to Mark.

 

Do you think things are going to improve in the Spring Steve?

I don't , I think we are in for the long haul with this one.

We are currently cleaning mass test centre sites throughout Warwickshire, initially for 6 months, but I recently read somewhere that due to the uncertainty of the vaccines, the testing is going to have to carry on well into NEXT year.


Trena
Fitz2Kleen
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Do you think things are going to improve in the Spring Steve?

I don't , I think we are in for the long haul with this one.”

 

Hiya Trena, just saw this, having a forum catchup, between homeschooling, and everyone moaning at me 

I call myself a realistic optimist. There are too many people out there that will happily tell me the world is doomed, everything is a disaster and the situation is hopeless. I rarely post on my personal Facebook because everything is depressing or everyone wants to rant or fight. The media doesn't help, especially rags like the Daily Fail and their hysterical linkbait headlines.

But things will get better, they always do. Question is when.

Vaccines are getting rolled out, to be honest, 100% better than anyone could have predicted based on recent performance!

Of course there will be different strands of the virus, and vaccines may become less effective. But less is different from non effective, and hospitals can cope with some poorly people as opposed to lots of dying people.

By the Spring, all the at risk groups should have been jabbed, so there should be no need for any more lockdowns. The rest of us mere youngsters will be jabbed throughout the year, then when everyone's jabbed, say Nov onwards, it will be a routine annual booster at the docs, like the flu jab. That's my optimist side.

As for realist, the economy cannot sustain indefinite down tools, so the wheels of industry have to be going by the Spring if we stand any chance of recovery in the next 10 years, which as we all know, major recessions tend to be cyclic, so that we will be about time for the next catastrophe

I personally think the lockdown will be a phased lifting, which is already planned with the primary schools in Early March (earlier for Scotland) and then a full lifting by 1 April, which would be quite apt!

If I'm a month out and it's 1 May, I'd be surprised, but that's still Spring

Feel free to reply when it's August and we're still locked down.... 


Steve Richardson
Gaffer of My Local Services
My Local Services | Me on LinkedIn

                               Dun N Dusted Rubbish Removal 

 

We are happy to say that we have been working through this lock down spraying everything we collect

before it goes through our waste recycle facility . yes I think with phase lifting will see a light come back into 

peoples eyes . welcome back all . from all of us at  Dun N Dusted 

 


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