Chamber Chat - Brendan Hughes

December 23, 2020 - 12:00am

Chamber Chat - Brendan Hughes

I have the pleasure of the pre-Christmas chat and wish i could report what a great year it has been for leisure, tourism, hospitality,and retail. Unfortunately, 2020 has been a terrible year with the COVID virus. The workforce in the sectors I have mentioned, and many others is being propped up by the state and with regular false promises of `do this one last thing and we`ll be back to normal` been churned out by Westminster, and seemingly there is no end in sight. The public needs to offered hope. 

Alas, it's not all doom and gloom, the virus has shown just how resilient the district is with businesses banding together to support each other through organisations like the Chamber. I have seen companies offering free help, support, advice, time and even some offering short term cash to help others out.  

I have seen residents and business work together to ensure our local foodbanks have enough food and supplies to ensure every person in our district is looked after. People are volunteering free time to help the NHS, foodbanks and anybody that needs them, the spirit of scrooge is not present this year that’s for sure. 

A lot of these local businesses that are giving everything they have to help others, rely on your support all year round. So please, if you can, choose to shop local, the benefits for the district are far more than putting money in the till. It is the money in the till that allows people to carrying on supporting good causes from football teams to foodbanks to charities and everything in between. 

One thing that the virus has shown me is that in times of great desperation the people of Lancaster and Morecambe truly band together as one and do what is needed. It is certainly not going to end in tiers for this district.