We are finally past the first month hurdle after reopening since lockdown.  This has been one of the most interesting time periods for business owners and for the team here at Sage it has certainly been both difficult and rewarding.  We are super grateful to all the clients who have come through our doors and who have helped us to achieve our goal of inspiring more people through our passion for style and hair. 

Covid-19 was completely unexpected and strange.  It’s crazy to think that the whole world completely stopped for almost 4 months and now we’re going back to society with a completely new view on life.  Here at Sage, we have adapted our services and how we operate to make sure everyone stays safe and most importantly we deliver on our promise of a great cut in the correct time.  Businesses (especially in our industry) have been really badly affected.  Most shop owners we have spoken to have been quieter as many customers are still very worried about going out and leaving the house.  Hairdressers have had to spend more money on PPE and on subscriptions for booking systems and technology to make their business more mistake proof.  The real question that everyone wants to know is, when will all of this go?

At Sage we have been very fortunate with the response that we have had from our customers.  It’s been great to see people enjoying the work and effort we have put in to make sure we are as safe as possible while delivering great haircuts.  However, if this continues for a long time, it’s going to be an expensive and time-consuming period, even for us.  Expenditure on new gowns and more PPE will be difficult for most businesses to deal with and going forward, so surely the government need to help smaller businesses that may not have reserves of funds to pay for these additional costs?  Increasing prices to cover these costs is not really an option because many businesses are worried that doing so might result in them losing customers.  We could be looking at months and maybe even a year or more before any of this starts to go away, and while it can’t last forever there is a limit to how long small businesses can survive.

Some of our clients have had their businesses close down, leaving areas and places with vacant shops.  This is a huge problem, especially as unemployment is also on the increase, we really need to find a way to support local people  and other local brands. Here’s how YOU can help:

  1. Shop local

Shopping locally is the most obvious way that you can help small businesses.  Most large companies are able to get help from the government or get other sources of finance.  Shopping locally directly helps to provide families with an income and support.  Also, you may find that the goods and services are of a better quality and more heartfelt.

2. Recommend your friends

Telling your friends about an amazing, local, experience is the best way to spread the word and help those great small businesses!  If you loved your experience tell the people who would appreciate it too. It’s a win-win situation for everyone!

3. Share their social media pages/posts

A simple like/share/comment goes a long way! The more the better!

Although some businesses have been affected more badly than others, it’s still beneficial to share all the different sorts of problems that people are experiencing and make others aware of  what people are potentially going through.  If you have your own business and would like to share your thoughts with us here at Sage, feel free to drop us a message or leave a comment!  Its always good to hear other people’s feedback and get an insight on what other businesses have found useful during these times. 

We hope that everyone is safe and well, and we hope that nobody has been too badly affected. Feel free to share this blog for other people to see, so we can shed more light on what has been happening over the last few months!  Thank you!

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