Perthshire Advertiser

WORKING FOR YOU IN PERTHSHIRE Firms proved they’re a class act during crisis

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There is no doubt that this has been a year like no other.

For our businesses, it has been exhausting and emotional as we’ve battled from curveball to curveball; continuous­ly pivoting our service offering, managing our cashflow, getting our heads around the furlough scheme and generally doing whatever we can to keep our doors open.

As a chamber, we’ve had to adapt.

A lot of our 2020 plans went out of the window – our events programme, golf day, race day, faceto-face networking and our annual Business Star Awards and Dinner.

Instead, we’ve worked alongside our businesses.

We’ve been lucky to be in the position to be able to assist individual businesses directly in many cases on the phone and on Zoom with politician­s, banks, Perth and Kinross Council and other public bodies helping members to get the support and financial assistance they are due.

And Stephen Leckie, our president, has been a leading voice for Perthshire businesses and the Scottish hospitalit­y sector on the television and radio fighting our cause and lobbying the government for more support.

But despite all this new world, perhaps what has astounded me most this year has been seeing firsthand the ability of local businesses to adapt – and even thrive – in the most trying of circumstan­ces.

Businesses and individual­s have come together, often for free or at their own cost, to support each other and their local communitie­s.

Initiative­s such as Feldy-Roo in Aberfeldy remind me what a class act us Scots truly are.

We have seen it with our members who have stepped up to offer free training, expert advice and referrals to each other.

It has brought us all closer and proved without doubt that Perthshire businesses are stronger together.

While it is true that there has been a shift towards online buying, there’s also evidence that more of us are shopping local and discoverin­g the unique qualities of our independen­t shops.

Many of these shops also use local – and therefore shorter – supply chains, so every purchase you make is supporting a network of Perthshire businesses and doing less damage to the environmen­t.

Please, please continue to shop local and we can all work together to see how we can shorten our supply chains as much as possible.

We want to sincerely thank each and every one of you who has supported us and fellow businesses and we cannot express adequately how much we appreciate each platinum partner and member who makes it possible for us to operate.

Whatever lies ahead in 2021, Perthshire businesses are working together really well and partnershi­p will be key.

We wish health, hope and best wishes as we navigate through the next few months.

 ??  ?? Class act Julie Roy and Gavin Price of Feldy-Roo
Class act Julie Roy and Gavin Price of Feldy-Roo

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