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  • tell me if I'm wrong, but it seems like we need to get people back to London, whether it's tourists or whether it's workers.

  • But without that, none of these essential businesses can can run.

  • I think it's like 25,000 small businesses have already disappeared, gone bankrupt.

  • Maybe you never come back.

  • Like I said, 13% of the office workers or back in the buildings.

  • But I don't see the leadership like trying to get people back and trying to get cultural restarted.

  • I just feel like we get a mixed message.

  • And sometimes I don't feel like we get different messages.

  • Sometimes science, the science.

  • It doesn't seem to be a science based approach, and I'm wondering, Is that Do you agree or disagree?

  • And what does that feel like?

  • Is an entrepreneur trying Thio make decisions to make revenues every day?

  • It's very difficult to do.

  • We have any leadership.

  • It all that's a good question.

  • I mean, it's a very political question.

  • I don't want to get into that too much.

  • It's very easy to sort of sit in your own little bubble off.

  • I've got my shop, I've got my house, I got my family.

  • Um, a huge big picture of the UK or even just in London is a really, really big picture.

  • Um, but yeah, messages that we're getting all confused or different.

  • What do we do?

  • How do we do this?

  • What we do with it?

  • How do we interpret that on then?

  • Even then, different peoples peoples, different opinions on on those messages.

  • So we're in a mask in store.

  • Should you?

  • Where should you not?

  • Should we be actually policing that as staff members and saying No, you can't commute to my shop unless you are wearing a mask.

  • When that person could be coming and spending just £5 off a spend, just like testing.

  • I'll take the £5 Thank you very much on then the pressures that are on the frontline staff of having to deal with that.

  • That's really, really hard.

  • So I've been really, really particular off talking to all of my key members of staff.

  • Every member of staff saying Okay, this is how we're gonna do things.

  • Are you okay with that?

  • You're comfortable with that?

  • There was anything that you're uncomfortable with.

  • Let me know, and we'll stop straight away on way.

  • Start off being Bailey, you could say strict in the way we run the operation, how many people and then just gradually, gradually used to it.

  • We're letting more people into the store to a state level still, but it's still about making everybody feel comfortable, right?

  • It is a real challenge for us.

  • Okay, Now, I saw you put some outdoor seating out there, which I'm sure helped your business was.

  • That was that difficult to get approval for in the government?

  • Is there a way that they might be able to fast track mawr outdoor seating for you and other businesses?

  • I mean, are there any?

  • Are there any quick winds that you see the quick win straightaways for Westminster or for the government and overshot?

  • But really, it's the Westminster because we're in Westminster Council used to say, Right, we're going to invest and having tables and chairs outside forever.

  • Fantastic happy days were done because straight away, I've got 12 seats outside on.

  • Uh, if that's in winter and it's freezing, people choose to sit out there.

  • That's their choice, you know.

  • Challenging is the weather Westminster within charges money or charge any operator money for that.

  • Well, you got extra tables outside.

  • We're gonna charge you.

  • I've seen for that.

  • How much is that fear?

  • Is it fair?

  • Um, but you know, the story behind that is is that Westminster Council said like we want to get people back into this area and happy with that.

  • Let's go and put some tables and chairs outside, mainly in SoHo and other areas on our street.

  • Greatest Wall Street was not identified assed part of that.

  • I sent emails in requesting for us to be identified for that it was either ignored or missed or whatever, but basically we didn't have tables and chairs outside Up until about August 14th, I think when I got a bit angry, I did my own I G T V video, and I walked up and down the street and said, Look, car, car, car, car, restaurant, car, car, car, car, restaurant.

  • Here we are.

  • What's going on?

  • You know, that had over 5000 views on it, and I'm in my 14,000 followers.

  • I wrote to the local councilors.

  • I wrote to the Westminster Movement Strategy Team.

  • I got the other businesses in this area all involved they wrote to them Within 10 days, we had tables and chairs outside.

  • So they do.

  • Listen, yeah, if you thrive because I also got BBC London news involved BBC London News.

  • BBC is just around the corner.

  • What they do is when they need a good shot for a background story, they'll come down here, will take some shots, sort of copy shops.

  • I messaged him and said, You come to me for background shots are now coming to you for help.

  • We need your help.

  • Because by having these tables and chairs outside, I've got one more start member working upstairs by having tables and chairs outside.

  • I've got one more kitchen start working, coming off of further potentially saving their job just by having that.

  • Fantastic.

  • So BBC learning new staring at Westminster where we've got this story about great Chesterfield Street.

  • What you gonna do about it?

  • I'm very quickly.

  • They said, Oh, we'll put that it was a choosing.

  • Yeah, it is a good news story.

  • It's been amazing.

tell me if I'm wrong, but it seems like we need to get people back to London, whether it's tourists or whether it's workers.

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GOVERNMENT HELP: "Do We Have Any Leadership At All? The Messages are Confusing" - Peter Dore-Smith

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