Like any small business, we applied for all grants to support us through this terrible time only to find that banks didn’t actually support us and we're not following government guidelines they were given to help. This infuriated me and many others in a similar position. After filing several complaints and protests I was eventually heard on BBC News with Victoria Derbyshire talking about how it has affected small businesses like mine within the wedding industry. I ended up discussing more my boutique and my issue rather than the whole issue due to a lack of time, but I very much enjoyed it. The following days I was inundated with messages of support from people of all walks of life on how they have been affected and offering help. I was touched by each and every person that took the time to contact me. We work tirelessly as a boutique to create an amazing experience for each and every bride who comes into the store. A few days later I attended the boutique to collect our mail and check the premises as we have been shut only to find a wonderful letter for a gentleman called Geoff. I was absolutely taken aback by the wonderful comments and how generous he was. Enclosed in the letter was a cheque which we donated to Il Padrino in Middlewich who are feeding the hospital staff at Leighton Hospital during the pandemic. I couldn’t think of a more worthy cause to give the cheque to. On Sunday 3rd May they delivered the food along with other donations. This was our little way of saying thank you to the staff of the NHS for everything they are doing keeping us safe during this difficult time. ll walks of life on how they have been affected and offering help. I was touched by each and every person that took the time to contact me.
I am also pleased to say after much campagning and many others lobbying the government funding and support for micro-businesses is changing from 4th May which is very much needed. Thank you Rishi Sunak for listening to us.
Food Provided By: https://www.ilpadrinomiddlewich.com
Images: Il Padrino Middlewich