- MemberMarch 5, 2020 at 3:26 pm
All this hysteria about the corona virus is very damaging to business. I’d go as far as saying the hysteria is having a much larger impact than the illness itself.
I have already had a significant order to re-sign 6 coaches put on hold as a result of all the uncertainty. Tourism bookings are down and coach operators are facing a huge downturn in business. It’s not just the airlines that are suffering – hotels, restaurants, cinemas – even shops are facing a downturn as a result of consumers staying a way and delaying any bookings amidst all the uncertainty.
A couple of days ago I received an email from a customer wanting to know what measures I was putting into place to ensure continuity of supply? In all honesty, I haven’t a clue what I can do to alleviate the panic and potential lockdown that may occur, so the question is pretty pointless really as no one has a clue.
How (if at all) have you been affected?
- MemberMarch 5, 2020 at 3:58 pm
No effects here yet – apart from I’ve informed staff that payment upfront will be required for event printing (just in case event is cancelled and we have issues getting paid!).
- MemberMarch 5, 2020 at 4:37 pm
I’d happily deal with the virus rather than travellers
- MemberMarch 5, 2020 at 7:24 pmquote Kevin Mahoney:
Agreed! Had them in this week.
We had a similar question from a customer regarding Brexit… I doubt my dad and I were going to cripple a multinational company, if we could print a few posters for one of their offices.
80% of people who get the virus will be fine. We’ve had 1 confirmed death in the UK, and they were elderly, with other conditions according to the news.
A load of hysteria, and the media hyping it up. Yes it’s damaging the economy look at FTSE the past few weeks.
- MemberMarch 5, 2020 at 10:36 pm
The good news is we are all in the same boat. If we need to shut as is being thrown around then surely customer would to.
In other good news the amount of Co2 China has been producing is massively down as a lot of factories are shut.
Other that what can you do. Just got to get on with it and hope it doesn’t turn into a mad killer strain and no one we know passes away. Hopefully it’s a seasonal thing. Like bird flu and swine flu has been in the past (which I had btw and it was pretty rough)
- MemberMarch 6, 2020 at 12:10 amquote Chris Wilson:
not that I am paranoid, but you did wash your hands before typing this, didn’t you? 😆 😉
- MemberMarch 6, 2020 at 12:22 am
Well, It hasn’t affected our business at all.
Industry-wise, it caused "Fespa, Madrid" to be cancelled yesterday and that is obviously affecting our industry globally, with a huge chunk of the exhibitors and visitors coming from the likes of China.
I was attending that up till last month but I pulled out last minute, then it got cancelled. does that count? 😆
- MemberMarch 6, 2020 at 7:09 amquote Robert Lambie:
No I’ve not washed my hands in a few weeks. Everyone likes eating there nose boggies to right?
- MemberMarch 6, 2020 at 9:17 amquote :
Germs are good for you, My Ma’ told me
- MemberMarch 6, 2020 at 12:21 pm
I’m led to believe that the alcohol in the hand wash gel will kill the virus so my logic is to keep myself completely full of alcohol for the coming weeks. Its the least I can do to protect all those around me who would otherwise be in serious danger of infection
- MemberMarch 6, 2020 at 5:29 pm
- MemberMarch 6, 2020 at 5:30 pm
Only if the Alcohol level is above 60%. So unfortunately, its going to have to be ‘the good stuff’….
- MemberMarch 6, 2020 at 8:29 pmquote John Lacey:
You missed out world war three – remember that was supposed to happen a couple of weeks ago when the Americans assasinated that psycho Iraqi General that was plotting to kill westerners – since then they’ve taken the hint and behaved themselves.. :rollseyes:
Next month it’ll be a solar flare or massive meteorite that’s gonna end civilisation as we know it :rollseyes:
Meanwhile we’ll have to put up with empty supermarket shelves caused by all the panic buying…
- MemberMarch 6, 2020 at 10:54 pm
Anyone tried to buy IPA recently? Down to my last gallon, and the stuff has reached silly prices.
- MemberMarch 7, 2020 at 5:47 am
I had 50 lts from Bonnymans in Scotland a couple of weeks ago. Cost £165 including vat & delivery.
- MemberMarch 7, 2020 at 11:08 am
My local hospital half a mile away has just had it’s first case, so it’s getting close! (cough…splutter!)
- MemberMarch 11, 2020 at 9:56 am
Starting to notice now. That’s 2 fleets on hold for April.. which frees up some space in April now which is nice I think but at the same time don’t disappointing.
To be fair fleet number two also pointed the finger at brexit.
- MemberMarch 11, 2020 at 10:05 am
I had another three coaches put on hold yesterday. This is clearly very damaging to the tourism industry.
- MemberMarch 11, 2020 at 10:29 am
Yesterday had a few grand tshirt order cancelled. Sports competition in germany has been cancelled due to corona. Not best pleased.
Starting to wonder when material supllies are going to start being affected as most comes from central europe
- MemberMarch 12, 2020 at 2:01 amquote Phill Fenton:
It has just been announced that "all travel" from anywhere in Europe to the United States, "other than the UK", has now been suspended for a minimum of 30 days. I think we are going to quickly see more airline companies shut down amongst many other companies tied to the tourist industry.
- MemberMarch 12, 2020 at 8:14 am
What’s to stop travellers from Europe flying to the UK, then the UK to the USA?
There might be more flights from the UK -> USA, and the prices going up.
- MemberMarch 12, 2020 at 8:23 amquote :
Dye sub blanks are starting to be effected, need 300 tote bags yesterday, everyone seems to be out of stock
- MemberMarch 12, 2020 at 9:53 am
I actually think this travel ban from Europe to the States is going to put us at more danger than before. European flights will be diverted to the UK and the handful of other countries excluded from the ban increasing our exposure to the virus. Great!
On a plus note I see they are considering low cost loans to small businesses. Anyone have any more info on this?
- MemberMarch 12, 2020 at 1:16 pm
It’s a joke isn’t it.. the news media causes the panic, they never balance anything, always hyping bad news and making sure you’re getting it 24/7.
As horrible as it is when these things cause a death, the mortality rate is low. The chance of small businesses failing due to this could be a lot higher in all probability
- MemberMarch 12, 2020 at 3:04 pm
- MemberMarch 12, 2020 at 3:41 pm
I am okay. Had 3 orders from local Dr’s surgeries all asking for banners, roll up banners and stickers all saying similar things along the lines of if you have the symptoms then stay away.
- MemberMarch 12, 2020 at 5:34 pm
Nice NHS order for 30 roller banners this afternoon about prevention & washing hands :smiles:
- MemberMarch 13, 2020 at 9:07 am
Although I’m retired I due to help another board member with a job next week and I can’t go because I’m currently self isolating. I probably won’t stop the job but it will be easier if I’m there.
- MemberMarch 13, 2020 at 9:45 amquote Steve Morgan:
Iv’e just dropped you an email, ref GC job. Stay well !
Seems to be getting serious out there, something totally new in all our lifetimes is happening.
- MemberMarch 14, 2020 at 2:10 pm
Our first tangible impact from Corona Virus was late Friday – an exhibition next month was cancelled and we will miss out on a reasonable order. The event is unlikely to be rescheduled this year.
I didn’t feel unwell before we got the phone call but I do now !!
Fortunately our profile of work shouldn’t be impacted by more of the same type of cancellation but I know for some companies the exhibition market is their bread and butter.
Not being pessimistic but I can see general demand being reduced for the remainder of the year
My son flies to New Zealand on Tuesday and they’ve just announced a 14-day quarantine, we’ve been debating all day to decide whether its still worth him going.
- MemberMarch 14, 2020 at 3:00 pmquote David McDonald:
I’d roll up and go into quarantine after a call like that Dave… 🙁
I think its becoming familiar story unfortunately,
The financial impact across many businesses is going to be crippling….
Incredible we just started to creep out of the Brexit saga and be hit with this…..totally unknown times :awkward:
- MemberMarch 14, 2020 at 5:44 pm
- MemberMarch 14, 2020 at 6:05 pm
£50 says we’ll all be told to close by the end of the week (well next week I know it Saturday)
- MemberMarch 14, 2020 at 7:38 pm
To be fair, I’d say that would sort it. We all get an old fashioned Christmas locked in with the family watching repeats, all symptoms should become visible within 2 weeks, & the virus stops dead in its tracks. But thats easy to say when I’ve got 400 toilet rolls in the garage
- MemberMarch 14, 2020 at 7:41 pm
- MemberMarch 14, 2020 at 9:51 pmquote Kevin Mahoney:
Sounds like a good idea but unless the rest of the world does it as well then it’ll simply return with all the global travel that we’ve got used to.
- MemberMarch 14, 2020 at 10:14 pm
Agree but we’re a small island & a swab & test for every inbound passenger before being allowed to board a flight or ferry here will be an awful lot cheaper than what we’re going to have to shell out for the oncoming epidemic & battering to our economy
- MemberMarch 15, 2020 at 10:08 amquote Kevin Mahoney:
The government and health advisors want it to spread throughout the community – to an exent – so that the general population build up antibodies which will eventually stop it in its tracks and prevent it becomming an epidemic/pandemic in the future. Unfortunately there is a proportion of the population who will not be able to fight it successfully and it looks like they will pay the price for the rest.
- MemberMarch 15, 2020 at 11:12 am
We are now in lockdown in menorca, so I dont think we will be doing much in the next month or so. Just waiting for clarification as to what we can do, although most jobs, meetings have been cancelled. Just have to wait and see I guess.
- MemberMarch 15, 2020 at 12:06 pmquote Dan Osterbery:
Best place to be really if everyone is shut down. Least everyone is in the same boat.
Problem I see right now is it’s cold season anyway. There’s only 4 of us. Desperately over subscribed at the moment. If I lose 1 person for 7 days or even myself we are going to end up letting down some major clients of mine. It’s a big worry. Was hoping to make it to April where I have purposely put in a bit of gap/rest for us to put out for additional staff at that point.
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