The beginning of the end or just the end of the beginning?

16.04.2021

As you read this, we have just passed the third of the five dates in the Government’s tortuous pathway to normality.

I haven’t yet ventured out for my “Alfresco” pint. It’s just not the same in a hat, scarf and gloves! Nor have I been for a haircut as I don’t have any hair, as many of you will know.

Outdoor sports is back which is very welcome in the Rylett household. Things have moved quickly from being virtually housebound every evening to out every evening. I shouldn’t complain.

I have seen my parents for the first time in a long while which was wonderful and very emotional after an extremely tough time as my father suffered a stroke in January and has been recovering slowly. The care and support he has received from the health services despite the pressure it is under has been second to none.

I have a summer break in Cornwall to look forward to although the one in Greece remains doubtful.

I had my first jab today so it is great that the rollout programme continues to thunder on and reaches us youngsters!

This is all good news and the mood has definitely been lifted. I hope that you are enjoying the relaxations too and we would be interested to hear what you are doing for the first time in a while.

Who knows what kind of world we will be re-emerging into?

It won’t be until the furlough scheme(s) end and the economy fully resumes that we will know the true state of things.

I wish with every fibre in my body for the good health of small businesses, the backbone of this country in many ways.

Time will tell. I don’t pretend to be optimistic but then I don’t know what the future holds – and nor does anyone else, for the record.

Spring is a time of renewal, of promise. Let’s put the rubbish year and a bit behind us and move on.

Now that we have some of our freedoms back, I sincerely hope that you won’t be waiting for our weekly update to land in your inboxes on a Friday afternoon. Hopefully, you will be out doing something much more fun. We will be continuing with these but moving them to monthly. I do hope that our little updates have helped in some way to get you through one of the most challenging periods some of us have ever or will ever face.

Onwards and upwards.

Best wishes

Damien Rylett

Damien Rylett CEO