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BUSINESS NEWS Look out for local breweries offering home deliveries whilst pubs are still shut, and see what deals your bakeries, butchers, restaurants and bars have to offer. You’ll be amazed at the innovation! In our own little bubbles at home, it’s been hard for some of these businesses to reach out to us. They’ve relied on people knowing where to look for info or word of mouth travelling fast. Please join some of these groups, engage and make new discoveries to make lifting off from lockdown more fun whilst helping our economy to bounce back as fast as it can. Buy local If you would like The Business Exchange to give your business a shout out email us: [email protected] tweet us @tbesw and follow the hashtag #TBESupport. ecome the South West ambassador s thousands of members luded from government support. for redundancy. The lack of support and lack of income for small business owners, particularly those with staff, means that when furloughing support drops there will be redundancies across the board.” Fiona’s own media consultancy, set up in 2008, has suffered a 40 per cent drop in turnover during lockdown. Fiona’s business supports three other freelance professionals. “There are many far worse off than me,” Fiona said. “I have been able to continue to work and earn even though some clients cannot pay me anything because their business has shut down overnight. I’ve had to be flexible to survive. If I owned a hair salon, or a clinic or any business which required me to have close personal contact with others, I would have been finished. Indeed many are, or know they will be over the coming weeks, without support.” If you are affected by this and want to feature as a case study, please email Fiona on: [email protected] for more details. You can find out more about the campaign here: usinesses to survive and thrive OVID-19 and beyond. s Advisors. web: THE BUSINESS EXCHANGE 2020 5