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Hi All

 

Just wondered what your thoughts were with regards to Shoe repairs and the corona Virus.  Given that china makes 85% of the worlds footwear and it's pretty much on lock down, will there be a shortage on NEW pairs and what effect that might have your business?

 

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Keith

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On 3/11/2020 at 8:45 AM, keithm said:

I think it's too early to see an increase due to the Virus, however, across the next 6 months or so, as the Virus takes a hold and peoples habits change, I think our trade may benefit :-)

I can't see anyway our trade will benefit from their virus, in a couple of weeks we will all be shut down like in Italy, it will be difficult to survive for a few months with no income.

The rent, rates, taxes will still have to be paid. 

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Surely they will have to put a freeze on rents, mortgages etc.?

Although with no money coming in, still other bills to be paid.

It's gonna be a long way back from this, lots of our businesses won't survive unfortunately.

Going to check my shop insurance policy but would imagine there will be nothing there for me!!

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15 hours ago, Count Muppet said:

Pods will be among the first to close. Colleagues are being sent to keep as many shops open as possible, then close the quieter shops as people get ill

We as an independent work from a mobile Pod in a Retail Park.  High rent per square foot, but not rateable so no Small Business Rate Relief so I guess that means zero help for us!  Still ticking along at the moment though.  We do have some loyal customers and right on the edge of an industrial estate so they still use us.

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On 3/17/2020 at 10:18 AM, Michael said:

Surely they will have to put a freeze on rents, mortgages etc.?

Although with no money coming in, still other bills to be paid.

It's gonna be a long way back from this, lots of our businesses won't survive unfortunately.

Going to check my shop insurance policy but would imagine there will be nothing there for me!!

Best of luck with the insurance angle, checked mine today and I'm insured for every disease under the sun unless it's cotageos.........

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I’ve been looking at Italy and noticed tonight that whilst shops have been ordered to close, you can still order online.

so my thinking is presumably Vans are still running deliveries so if the UK was to follow suit, I may be able to sell my services online and offer a door step collection and delivery and work either from home or behind closed doors?

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7 hours ago, Lee said:

I’ve been looking at Italy and noticed tonight that whilst shops have been ordered to close, you can still order online.

so my thinking is presumably Vans are still running deliveries so if the UK was to follow suit, I may be able to sell my services online and offer a door step collection and delivery and work either from home or behind closed doors?

I was thinking along the same lines, but I wonder what people will need given they are not going anywhere?   Will they be bothered about shoe repairs, keys, car keys if not doing anything and short of cash.  Not dismissing it, it is definitely a consideration.  I would be interested in hearing opinions on it.

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