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  • do you think it's hard to govern a city when you've never run a business?

  • You know, some of these politicians like I'm just saying I'm looking to the outside.

  • I've never been in politics, but I'm like you your whole life.

  • Your income is based on, you know, getting a salary from the government that comes from taxes.

  • But you've never known what it's like to be an entrepreneur.

  • The hard nights, the late nights, the things you struggle with thes pieces of red tape can make or break your business.

  • Do you think that's an inherent problem in government?

  • Is that they've never dealt with a business?

  • Yeah, I would say so.

  • Because yeah.

  • I mean, there are business people in government.

  • I know that.

  • You know, I'm not a massive political person, but I think having a business, it certainly toughens you up and smarten you up and and shows you what you need to dio.

  • I think having that experience behind you, you're a life person and your life and a business person.

  • And bringing those two together into politics.

  • You've got a, um in addition, basically, you know you got more power in terms of your knowledge and your understanding.

  • So more of a background, of course, much better, because you could draw on those experiences and bring those experiences into that political life, right?

  • And then be nice.

  • Like, you know, if the mayor had run a business before, he would understand.

  • Oh, you need to know about the outdoor seating because you need three weeks in advance to prepare for personnel issues, and they would get it.

  • But they don't get it s so they when you're calling up there like next week, I'll tell you next week what's the problem Like there's a lot of problems here because you messed in my business.

  • I didn't reply to it.

  • I was gonna reply Thio next week.

  • What are you talking about next?

  • Waiting on?

  • That's the thing in government.

  • Ah, week is just another week where I get my salary in business, a week is a make or break.

  • Things is what we're doing now, basically going week by week.

  • It's almost like How much longer can we do this for off?

  • Let's see what happens next week.

  • Let's see what happens next week.

  • We don't know what's gonna happen next week.

  • It za week by week.

  • Honestly, you know, you're looking at your bank balance and your cash flow etcetera, predicting out.

  • But it's really challenging.

  • The moment you had to say to these guys, how much longer?

  • I mean the worst case, you know, it is a massive locked down again, and everyone has to get back home again.

  • We don't know what's gonna happen.

  • Yeah, I don't think it will.

  • Yeah, we're all living on edge E.

  • No, it's not a good way to live.

  • Um, look, I just want to applaud you for getting back to business and having that steely eyed you know will envision.

  • You know, we've all been there is entrepreneurs and face down fear and you've got to move on, and it takes real leadership.

  • And you're responsible for a lot of salaries and a lot of business that knocks on the other businesses.

  • So I know you've been at the forefront of trying to reopen, trying to find safe ways to do it, getting those outdoor seating and just innovating.

  • So, yeah, I just really appreciate you for doing that.

  • And I think you're a good example for a lot of businesses and yeah, just for people out there.

  • It's being done in intelligent ways.

  • I think the government needs to realize that we need more help unless red tape and just try some things, maybe say yes.

  • The business isn't asking because they're bored, right?

  • Like we're not asking for what they're seeing.

  • Because we wanna make some extra money is like we want to survive.

  • So maybe cut them some slack and, you know, give them the benefit of the doubt a little bit.

  • Um, just trying to show them that they could do it.

  • I mean, a lot of the talk of, like, a hospitality venues safe to go to.

  • Well, yeah, with coronavirus.

  • Are they clean?

  • Well, used to eating them like they're clean because you're eating them.

  • So we know what we're doing in hospitality.

  • We're a clean people.

  • We wash our hands all the time.

  • We sanitize things all the time, So we're doing that already.

  • And now yes, we've increased that.

  • We've, you know, don't even further, and maybe in the future will continue to keep doing that.

  • There's no problem.

  • Why not keep sanitizing?

  • Keep sanitizer in the toilet so people can do their hands properly.

  • that will help save the NHS off.

  • You know, just colds and flu's all the time.

  • Yeah, on you know, I was I was looking back yesterday through my original business plans on all my original design drawings and all my original thoughts and writing down and all these sort of thing.

  • And looking back toe all my historical folders I have I was thinking, I'm not giving up.

  • Do you know what I'm being through?

  • To get to this stage?

  • Just looking through a law, That stuff.

  • I just think Jesus Christ, I've been through the whole of stuff just to get 11 years, this business five years, The other one.

  • I'm a small copy shop, two nights with you.

  • Many people in the industry say I'm one of the leaders way.

  • Just do what we do, but that really yesterday inspired me.

  • I'm not giving up.

  • No way.

  • I really appreciate that, and that's what it is people.

  • They look at these shops when they walk by, and they think they're just There's another retail shop.

  • No, there's a person behind that with a vision who took risk, who put their own capital at stake.

  • Who's got a rally people every day who are scared, who are panicking, who don't want to be there.

  • I mean, there's people behind that and there's a real stories, their families, and it's like, Yeah, I think we need to recognize that.

  • Try to find ways to promote you because again, this is the lifeblood of the spirit that creates great things.

  • I mean, you know, you have very innovative business here, and you did even when you started 11 years ago, and that brings life to the city.

  • You know, we want to support people like you on, not just turn you into a number or turn you into some.

  • You know, global brands like it Z essence of what makes great culture, which makes this city great, is small businesses like you and people on the people who work here, the people who work for me currently and in the past, they're the ones who are the front front facing.

  • Like I said before, they're the ones who want to support this business, and they see the work that I do.

  • But they're also they're putting a massive effort, a swell thio keep it going to keep people happy and be hospital to people.

  • Um, I have so much respect for them.

  • Fantastic.

  • Yeah.

  • Frontline workers were amazing.

  • Any final thoughts out there to anybody who's listening of things that you could help with or things you would do when it's a theme, A bit has obviously come back to London and you're out there and you want to come into London.

  • It is.

  • It is quiet, I always think is wonderful and safe.

  • Destro via itself is a beautiful area.

  • Got some great restaurants, Obviously Great coffee shops.

  • Uh, come in.

  • Enjoy the weather while you can.

  • You come back into London and and support us Support the small independence as well.

  • Um, a big change.

  • The big venture capitalist ones.

  • You can choose to support them.

  • But to be honest, I much rather support an independent shopping on.

  • Go out there.

  • And that's a good thing that we've seen over.

  • Locked down is a local neighborhood shops.

  • A lot of people were out there saying, No, I'm gonna spend my money with you now rather than Waitrose or Tesco or whatever you know, support those independence because, as you said, the other ones at the forefront of the ones in the front line put blood, sweat and tears into it.

do you think it's hard to govern a city when you've never run a business?

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GOVERNMENT BUSINESSES SUPPORT: "Having A Business Background Makes You Stronger." - Peter Dore-Smith

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/10/14
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