Tennis and football stars welcome distraction - but life and business remains roller coaster ride
Peter Vosper chairman of the Vospers Group
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Life remains a roller coaster as restrictions are set to be lifted.
For many of us Wimbledon and the Euros football have provided a welcome distraction from the Covid 19 issues but once again no clear rules have left many of us with uncertainty.
The Government, having been cautious and attempting to control the number of cases, have decided enough of us have been vaccinated to lift restrictions from Monday.
Business, which has been grateful for support by way of rates rebate and the furlough scheme, is now left to its own solutions to try and keep the recovery on track.
Whatever the changes to the rules say, masks, social distancing, cleaning and sanitisation are going to have to remain if customers and employees are to feel and be safe.
The NHS has said if hospital cases continue to rise this will impact on their ability to remove the backlog of outstanding health treatment and add further pressure to their teams.
Already the track and trace has resulted in employees having to self-isolate which affects a continuous improvement in return to work and requires flexible teams and management reorganisation to keep customers requirements fulfilled.
The National Franchised Dealer Association sees little change in the safety requirements in the retail motor industry and I am sure this will be the case for many businesses.
We will continue to invest in PPE and there will no relaxation in safety and sanitisation policies for our customers. We will also continue to test our employees twice a week and to issue masks and ask our teams and customers to respect social distancing.
We do understand that many people wish to get on with their lives and return to some normality but we all need to respect the feelings of others.
Meanwhile, the shortages of not only semi-conductors but also some replacement parts continue to delay the delivery of new vehicles, particularly commercial vehicles and dealers are doing all they can to replenish stocks and keep their customers informed of any issues
Job vacancies are also causing a problem in many businesses as European workers return home as a result of Brexit. The hospitality business has been badly affected as more visitors arrive for their holiday in Devon and Cornwall with regularly changing rules for foreign travel.
Our spirits are amazingly high with national pride for young newcomers like Emma Raducanu, enthralling the Wimbledon crowd and several young football players taking the English team to the European final, only to be defeated cruelly by penalties.
They can look with confidence to the World Cup next year and we hope to see all the Home Nations do well in the Olympic games.
In the motor industry new products continue to arrive and more news of investment in the UK should give us confidence for the future in spite of the current challenging situation.
With the news of warm weather for the next few weeks and the influx of even more holidaymakers as school holidays commence, I wish all businesses in the region a successful and safe summer.
Stay safe and keep smiling.
I look forward to next week.
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