Businesses adapt to bounce back from pandemic

10:55, Wednesday, 24th June 2020

Representatives from businesses across North Lincolnshire have met virtually to share the ways they have adapted in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

North Lincolnshire Council brought together members of the business community in a virtual network, with key figures reflecting on their experiences, any support they may need, and discuss opportunities to grow the economy.

Jody Probert, Manager at Kirton Off Road Centre, said:

“At Kirton Off Road Centre, thrill seekers can enjoy a high octane off road experience for a variety of motorsports and mountain biking across 400 acres. As we approach the peak summer season, temporarily pausing off-road activity has impacted our business.

“During this time, the grant funding support we have received has proved a real lifeline, and I would like to thank North Lincolnshire Council for getting the word out so quickly and managing the process efficiently.

“Like many businesses, we have adapted our service to make the experience as safe as possible for our customers. Our usual pay and play model has been replaced by a pre-booking system. By welcoming smaller groups we can manage footfall effectively and ensure social distancing measures are being met.

“As we begin to bounce back from the pandemic we have accelerated plans to expand the range of facilities our customers can enjoy, drawing up plans to build lodges and create a 32 peg fishing lake.”

Gareth Bartram, Head Chef at Winteringham Fields, said:

“At Winteringham Fields our chefs use fabulous Lincolnshire-grown produce to offer a Michelin starred fine dining experience. The pandemic will continue to pose long term challenges for the hospitality sector, and consequently, it is vital pubs and restaurants adapt their business, to reassure customers that they can enjoy a safe experience.

“At the restaurant we have introduced a range of social distancing measures, whilst ensuring we can deliver a high quality service. Initially we will open on a limited basis with staggered bookings. Entering the restaurant, customers will be required to sanitise their hands. The number of tables have been reduced and we’ve adapted different lounges.

“We take pride in the local provenance of our ingredients, and, positively, the temporary closure has allowed us to spend time refurbishing our gardens, polytunnels and raised beds. This will allow us to grow even more of our own fruit and vegetables.”

Cllr Rob Waltham, Leader of North Lincolnshire Council, said:

“The virtual summit is one way the council keeps in touch with local businesses and helps us to understand their experiences and how we can continue to assist them as we move forwards.

“Our business community in North Lincolnshire deserves tremendous credit for the ways they are overcoming the effects of the pandemic; working tirelessly to protect their staff, the safety of visitors and the local economy.

“While the economy continues to bounce back, there will inevitably be challenges to navigate. It is important for businesses to consider how they can diversify and, where possible, adapt their offer to the evolving situation.”