It’s a year that can be described as uncertain, unpredictable and above all, unprecedented.
Following the announcement of a second national lockdown that came into effect last week, many businesses have been forced to close their doors once again in order to comply with the latest government guidelines. But fortunately for foodies and caffeine addicts, many places are staying open for takeaway.
All is not lost.
Blend Coffee Co, Brighton, is a shining example of an independent business that has taken lockdown measures in its stride. During the first national lockdown, the Portslade-based coffee shop only had to close for three weeks.
Oli Crawley, company director alongside Tom Jennion, explained what this meant for them as a company. “It was a period that allowed us to work extremely hard on methods and procedures, which later meant we could proceed safely as a takeaway operation.”
Their hard work did not go unnoticed. Gov.uk and multiple news outlets featured Blend as an example of how to operate and safely reopen.
This has set the company in great stead for the November lockdown and both directors are happy that they can provide the local area with even a small sense of normality.
Mr Crawley is also director of promotions and events company, Husky Events, where Mr Jennion works with him as operations manager. The closure of clubs and other event venues has meant normal service has been put on pause.
When asked what he was most looking forward to when bars and clubs reopen, Mr Crawley said: “A little bit of normality! 2020 was meant to be the 10 year anniversary for Husky Events – and there were some huge plans which unfortunately had to be set aside. We’re very excited to give the customers that experience they’ve been waiting for.”
Blend Coffee Co. is open 7 days a week: Monday-Saturday (8am-4pm) and Sundays (9am-3pm).