The Lord Mayor, Mark Williams continued his tour of local businesses this week, this time taking in Huntington and Boughton following visits to the city centre, Tattenhall and Hoole. The visits aim to boost morale and raise awareness of local business and their work during lockdown, and after as Chester bounces back during these troubled times.
The management team at The Rake and Pikel told Mark that : “Its been tough, we shut for renovation and built it back up into something very successful and then we had to close overnight. Since reopening the support of the the local community has been excellent”. Following the success of the Rake, the brewery have asked the team to take over the Lock Keeper in a prime Chester location. “The success we’ve built here and the name we’ve got is helping us to expand through Chester and make Chester an attractive place for businesses”
A staff member at David Joinson Quality Meats commented that trade had been “very good, a lot of people are coming to us rather than going to supermarkets, we have doubled our takings.. We have kept a lot of the customers from lockdown and we are pleased with that. A lot of people are saying our quality is better than the supermarkets.”
O Keeffe Antiques : “We have been open throughout, we ship all round the world, we are very specialist. Obviously there was no footfall, but we kept on going worked online as we have for the last ten years and its been very good. We have done a lot of work behind the scenes and have had time to have a good sort out, like we have never been able to before. Its been a challenging time but we have kept on working some long hours throughout. Because we’re independent we just have to be better than everyone else and look after our clients. Once you look after them, they look after you”
Any business owners that would like a visit from the Lord Mayor of Chester should email: firstname.lastname@example.org.