Bristol news Beauty salon owners on how they survived three lockdowns PremierLeague-News.Com

PremierLeague-News.Com - They fought to ensure their business survived even if it meant sacrificing a meal or two

Bristol news Beauty salon owners on how they survived three lockdowns PremierLeague-News.Com

PremierLeague-News.Com - They fought to ensure their business survived even if it meant sacrificing a meal or two

Bristol news  Beauty salon owners on how they survived three lockdowns PremierLeague-News.Com
03 May 2021 - 05:15

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! A year of uncertainty is all you need to experience a cocktail of emotions. And while the beauty industry is not considered essential during a national lockdown, for many, it's the comforting source of self-care needed to get through a global pandemic. Business partners Lucy Rhyddid and Emma Proud know all too well the financial fragility three national lockdowns can have on a small business. The owners of Valkyrie hair and beauty salon, on Staple Hill High street, experienced a combination of fear, stress and anxiety which quickly became their new normal. Yet despite significant economic disruptions, the two fought to ensure their business survived even if it meant sacrificing a meal or two. But just how much mental strength does it take to endure months of unpredictability? When news of the national lockdown restrictions lifted on Monday, April 12, the turmoil of the last year became the catalyst for the pair to step up their beauty game. But despite the euphoric feeling they both felt after seeing their clients again for the first time, they couldn't help but reminisce on the rollercoaster journey they have had over the past year. From moving into a bigger premises during the first lockdown and spending three weeks frantically refurbishing, to praying that their cards wouldn't be declined at the supermarket till. “We just fell into limbo,” said Mrs Proud, a beauty therapy at the salon. “We were supposed to be really pumped and excited to get into the new salon but with everything happening around us, we just felt a little bit helpless.” Miss Ryddid describes feeling high levels of apprehension as she was unsure when their new business premises would open or if it still could. But after a three month delay the pair were finally able to open on July 26 last year, after transforming the new shop within a few short weeks. The 36 year-old said since they expanded their business further along the High Street due to outgrowing their first shop, they have yet to see sustainable financial gains. “We were both heartbroken because we’re still running on 40 per cent less than we did pre-covid," she added.

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." Business partners Lucy Rhyddid (L) and Emma Proud (R) have come along way (Image: Bristol Live) The pair said they were grateful to receive grants from the government as it was able to cover the shop's rental fees and utility bills. Miss Ryddid said the last grant payment was able to cover the business from November through to January but they have not had any financial aid or been allowed to work since. She describes crying on Mrs Proud’s shoulders numerous times out of fear of losing her home. She said as a self employed business woman she has had to survive on a credit card and her savings. At one point she was in tears because she did not know where her next meal would come from. “Over these three lockdowns, I’ve had £1,200 worth of stock thrown out because you can't use it, it's gone out of date,” she added. “I walked away so deflated with the fact that we’ve had these grants and they’ve paid for our rent and bills but they’ve not helped us replenish our stocks to be able to open again after lockdown." Mrs Proud said the lockdowns had a major knock on effect both physically and mentally. She said: “We used to be two months ahead on rent payments but now we are two months behind." Miss Ryddid said through stress and anxiety she stopped eating and even though she knew lockdown restrictions would soon ease, she was still waiting for the fourth SEISS grant to come through. “Even if I worked for two weeks that’s only going to pay for the shop, that’s not going to pay for my house,” she said. But the friends are both hopeful that this is the last national lockdown and that businesses like theirs won't be forced to shut again. They both said how nice it was to see Staple Hill High Street opening up again and hoped it was just the start of things to come.

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