EFFECTS OF THE CORONAVIRUS ON A SMALL BUSINESS - DAY 21 (06/04/2020)
I will keep todays short and sweet, it would be fair to say that the negative effects of coronavirus are starting to show on our business more as the days go by, people have less money now, some have had their pay checks and spent a bit but a lot in the country haven’t had a penny and don’t know where the next lot of money will come from.
Also today we had 2 Police Officers from British Transport Police come to us for hand sanitiser as the they either aren’t being issued it at all or the stuff they are given isn’t even anti-bacterial, I didn’t have the heart to charge them not because I was being all nice and supporting our services (we are a business, not a charity) but because I think its horrendous that an individual in the Public Services has to go out and buy their own basic kit. I do hope going forward that BTP buy some kit off us.
We also made a face shield today using 1mm polycarb its pop studded onto a cap we have used a FlexFit Cap with pop studs, it’s an expensive way of making these masks however its built to last and be functional with a removable visor.
If you are sat at home think about buying some Polycarb in and making your own, ours you need certain tooling and the pop studs and we are using the expensive cap but it is something you can make quite easily yourselves. At times like this when supplies are low I encourage everyone to be making your own kit were ever you can.
This is now 3 solid weeks of the blog and as we go forward I will now write the blog once a week, so it will become a weekly blog, as the problems we face are repetitive it will hopefully make it more interesting to see the problems, effects and hopefully a few victories. Alongside this I will be putting in a few specials including how and why we started selling Coffee, Buckles and fabrics special, part 2,3,4 and probably 5 of the history of Contact Left, how and why we started manufacturing, a special on difficult customers we have faced (especially trade ones), we still need to have some of the staff do a blog on what its like working at Contact Left so hopefully I can get one of those on as well, so intermittently you will see the odd day pop up and I will share this on Facebook so please keep your eyes peeled. But I will keep the main blog going at least once a week.
Please can everyone who reads this keep sharing us around and if there is anything you think we should be selling let us know and if there is anything about Contact Left or anything I should write about let me know and I will do it.
Thanks very much for reading this and stay safe David