This is a shorter special edition of the podcast looking at how some humans in the hospitality sector are coping with changes as a result of the coronavirus.
Mitch is an utter gentleman of our industry who has created a small group of restaurants that have an exceptional reputation for being part of the local community, generally in seaside resorts of South West England. Along with his chairman Will from Hawksmoor, they are a couple of wise brains who really understand the hospitality sector, and operate for the right reasons with strong values and a passion for service.
In this conversation we chat about how events unfolded and when Mitch decided to close his venues, before being told to by the government. We then focus on quite probably the more challenging aspect of how we re-establish our businesses and how much support may be required to trade again.
We touch on business interruption loans, the job retention scheme and even wether the government could step in as ‘an insurer of last resort’.
Typically Mitch ends on a positive note confident that he will rebuild and see us all with business intact on the other side.