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Bucks tourism and hospitality businesses rising to lockdown challenge

Local businesses are having to adapt the way they work but some are seeing positive outcomes from this.

Published by Scarlett Bawden-Gaul at 2:00pm 7th May 2020. 3-minute read.

Bucks tourism and hospitality businesses rising to lockdown challenge

Business across Buckinghamshire are finding new ways to reach customers. 

Visit Buckinghamshire and the Chilterns have said the tourism industry in the area has risen to the challenge during lockdown. 

The pandemic has affected the way nearly all businesses work in the area, but particularly places like museums and pubs. 

However, VBTC has shared ways businesses are adapting and learning to work in new ways. 

Lucy Dowson, of Visit Buckinghamshire & The Chilterns, said:

"Our tourism and hospitality businesses have felt the full force of Covid-19, with their cash flow turned off overnight and just before the start of the Easter holidays. It will take many months, perhaps years for the industry to recover. However, this has not deterred some of our businesses, who have changed their business model as a result of Covid-19 and in many cases have become the lifeline of the local community.  

"We are all guilty of having great ideas but not having the time to do it and always saying 'I must do that'. There are some opportunities that have allowed out businesses to redevelop their product that will be continued beyond the lockdown restrictions.

One example of this is Orchard View Farm, near Princes Risborough, who are offering a Click and Collect service on essential items. As well as produce packs, meat from the butchery and freshly prepared meals.  

This shop was set up within 36 hours and Lucy says the owner hopes to continue this model after the lockdown.

Food outlets aren't the only place that has embraced new ways of working, many museums, estates and gardens have had to do the same without any visitors allowed. 

Like Waddesdon Manor and Estate, which has a selection of virtual tours and online resources so people can explore the house, exhibitions and gardens. 

However, Lucy thinks it is important to note these places have lost their income and will need visitors to attend when the lockdown is over:

"We would ask that everybody when it is safe, and they feel comfortable, they support and go and visit our local attractions, our stately homes, our museums, our gardens... Because it's the rich tapestry that plays an important role that we live in a great place."

For more information people can go to the Visit Buckinghamshire and The Chilterns website, as well as Buckinghamshire Business First for information and advice for business making changes at this time.


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