Post Covid BUSINESS DEAD POOL

STA Travel... the company that specialises in student and youth travel for kids and enables them to fly around the world on a budget in their Gap Year so they can post Instagram moments from Bali to Brazil while leaving a carbon footprint in their trail... and the moment they're back they turn up at Greta Thunberg rallies to shout about old people destroying the planet and their future... the online wailing from a neice of mine and her group of friends that they can't do their planned world trip before Uni brings me to tears. Laughter is good for you in this time of crisis though so I'll keep reading her posts...
Strange, isn't it? The aspirations of the eco-warriors are likely to be fulfilled, not by any lobbying or action on their part, but by the collateral damage caused by a particularly contagious and vicious virus.

It's not what anyone would have predicted.
 
Most of the big chains are in a reasonable position, especially the premium brands (actual premium, not aspirational) vehicle orders are usually ~3 months in advance, it could actually push some prices up due to a dip in availability. Aftersales is going to be mad busy once the tap is opened, maybe for six months - not forgetting seven weeks (so far) of MoT's to catch up on together with the ones that would need doing anyway. I suppose motorcycles are mainly an individual purchase, cars & vans are predominantly fleet leases orcompany purchases, most companies that buy vans these days are service companies so should be OK providing their customer base doesn't crumble.
in a short drive to pick up stuff on order from Screw Fix on Monday (a company that's gone down hill since it merged with B&Q) my suspension warning light came on in the BMW followed by a distinct seat of the pants driving. My rear suspension had packed up, None of the garages were open locally but I rang one company where we'd bought a Punto for our son. The guy picked up the car, put it on the ramp, sourced a replacement unit, and will install it tomorrow. Or I could have gone to the snotty BMW dealers, spoken to the staff who don't know their products and been charged a Kings Ransom to have the parts replaced and get billed for a not-asked-for valet as well.

I will be supporting local as much as I can.
 
and the moment they're back they turn up at Greta Thunberg rallies
Hmm.. Thunberg is obviously feeling the effects of the Great Covid Distraction. Nobody has paid her any attention for weeks now. A change of direction is called for...

Auntie Beeb said:
Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg has warned that children's rights are being put at risk during the coronavirus pandemic, pointing to poorer pupils who lose access to food when schools close.

She also warned that reports wrongly suggesting children cannot contract the virus could jeopardise their health. The 17-year-old self-isolated in her home country of Sweden in March, after displaying symptoms.
 
Hmm.. Thunberg is obviously feeling the effects of the Great Covid Distraction. Nobody has paid her any attention for weeks now. A change of direction is called for...
Auntie Beeb said:
Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg has warned that children's rights are being put at risk during the coronavirus pandemic, pointing to poorer pupils who lose access to food when schools close.

She also warned that reports wrongly suggesting children cannot contract the virus could jeopardise their health. The 17-year-old self-isolated in her home country of Sweden in March, after displaying symptoms
Is there no end to the strings to her bow... an environmentalist, a mentalist, a cause célèbre celebrity, a campaigner for yoof rights and now she's also an eminent virologist and epidemiologist? Has it occured to her that she might have caught a case of the sniffles while racing across the Atlantic in a yacht to attend the conference in NY and it was nothing to do with C-19
 
Will require a big shake up in business rates cause for every empty retail unit in every town or shopping centre there's a landlord paying Business Rates for it, with no discounts. One near us has been empty for 8 years with an annual Business Rate bill of £155k so the councils don't care if they're empty cause they're still getting their money.
Its not the Council who dont care its central government as they take 50%, well after the 56 day void relief. The other 50% local share is then given to the borough, county council and blue light services at 40%, 9% and 1% respectively, with slightly amendments to the split of the local share for unitary and metropolitan councils.

There has been some effort to change the business rate system for the last few years from local level, as it is broken, but Westminster has not been listening. Hopefully when we come out of this pandemic Central Government will start to listen as a significant proportion of all commercial properties are owned by Pension Funds. If they fail because they are paying significant business rates with no returns then some serious repercussions to add to the list of the government's problems.
 

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Siansburys I hope. Bunch of spastics. They dont stock their own brand to make you by the arty fancy pants version at twice the price to try to recoup money. Also. Where are my money off vouchers you thieving pikeys? You want me to pay for the security guard you employed to tell me "hang on there for a minute mate". I hope they die. Corporately of course.
 
Escape Room venues. After being banged up pretty much 24/7 for months, who is going to pay to be locked in a room, perverts excepted?

Sadly the son-in-law is the manager of one in London, so that'll be him out of a job soon enough.
 
Some with a Scottish flavour:

The SRU and Glasgow Warriors et al, Gleneagles Hotel, all Scottish Print newspapers, Intu owned shopping centres, Arnold Clark motors, Paisley... All of it and sadly most of the pubs I frequent
 

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in a short drive to pick up stuff on order from Screw Fix on Monday (a company that's gone down hill since it merged with B&Q) my suspension warning light came on in the BMW followed by a distinct seat of the pants driving. My rear suspension had packed up, None of the garages were open locally but I rang one company where we'd bought a Punto for our son. The guy picked up the car, put it on the ramp, sourced a replacement unit, and will install it tomorrow. Or I could have gone to the snotty BMW dealers, spoken to the staff who don't know their products and been charged a Kings Ransom to have the parts replaced and get billed for a not-asked-for valet as well.

I will be supporting local as much as I can.
To be fair, most service advisers receptionists are just sales type staff and are not expected or wanted to have much product knowledge, this is mainly to stop them putting an expectation in your mind before the vehicle has been in the workshop or connected to diagnostics which can lead to awkward conversations later if their best guess was wrong - it can be irritating for people that have some knowledge (beyond 'I read on a car forum...') that they have to deal with clueless receptionists rather than have a conversation and road test with a tech - which will not happen until Kung-Flu is no longer an issue...
I'd also suggest that you're not in the target market for a dealer - not in warranty, fleet vehicle or Motab and (pure guess) your car is >5 years old.

I do agree with supporting smaller local businesses, i've found it far easier to do the bi-weekly shopping across three or four smaller local shops than go to the Sainsburys three miles away and endure the ~60 minute queue just to get in, prices are no different - I just have to adjust to having to look for stuff rather than know where it is.
 
Wee Jimmy will keep Prestwick going with public funds.
Prestwick is important for national security, same for stanstead. They have no worries.
 
Siansburys I hope. Bunch of spastics. They dont stock their own brand to make you by the arty fancy pants version at twice the price to try to recoup money. Also. Where are my money off vouchers you thieving pikeys? You want me to pay for the security guard you employed to tell me "hang on there for a minute mate". I hope they die. Corporately of course.
Agree, ordered a collect shop for a couple with combined age of 180, turned up there was about 8 of us waiting,nothing turned up, no call or message no call centre no reply yo e mail
 

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John Lewis doing just so well:


moaning bitterly about online competition, Covid etc etc and binning some expensive and quite new stores

There may however be a far more basic reason:

 
John Lewis doing just so well:


moaning bitterly about online competition, Covid etc etc and binning some expensive and quite new stores

There may however be a far more basic reason:

Waitrose own them and were already swinging the axe and cleaning house pre-virus...


 

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Waitrose own them and were already swinging the axe and cleaning house pre-virus...


"The relocation of call centre jobs – which had already been outsourced to US firm Sitel – to the Philippines also looks very off-brand for a venerable British institution. "

That explains a lot, especially the deathmatch which led to Mrs B shredding her JL card and vowing never to deal with them ever again
 

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