Leader, October 16 2020

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Hard time for those in hospitality

This is undoubtedly a very challenging time for everyone in the hospitality industry.

Not long after reopening following initial closures when lockdown rules were at their strictest, many pubs feel they were left with no option but to close their doors again, in compliance with the latest rules.

There is no easy solution, however, as most people contacted by the Courier expressed understanding that steps had to be taken to slow the spread of the virus and that the new measures were brought in with the good of the community in mind.

As well as talking about the impact on his own business and others in Kintyre, Nick Fletcher at the Argyll Hotel in Bellochantuy voiced his concerns about the wider implications of the closure and reduced operations of so many hotels, restaurants and pubs.

He said: ‘We are concerned about the wider knock-on effect in the supply chain. As we and other hospitality businesses reduce our ordering, I am worried about the impact on jobs in our food and drinks suppliers who will be seeing their businesses diminish significantly too.’

Congratulations to Robin Watson

Everyone at the Courier sends best wishes to Campbeltown man Robin Watson who has been appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2020.

It is fantastic to see Robin’s hard work during his 30-year career, particularly since taking the reins at Wood, being recognised in this way.