It couldn't be more simple than millions of small businesses in the UK (and many more across the globe) are extremely worried about the Coronavirus pandemic and how it will effect their business.
We opened Henry C 3.5 years ago with a start up business loan and savings. We are a very small independent cocktail bar in the south Manchester suburb of Chorlton. We provide amazing drinks with top notch service in a place for community and socialising.
The first year was hard! Joe and I used to panic when we had a quiet week (there were a lot of them) and hope things would pick up once word got around.
The second year was hard! We did pick up but had a million issues with planning permission and council support and almost had to close. Turns out if you pay loads of money to a great solicitor they will magically sort it all out for you. Who knew?
Our third year was incredible! Our permanent 'change of use' planning permission had been granted and we then expanded into the back of the building to increase covers and have a separate little drinking haven. We've been busy, happy and our customers have been more supportive than we could have ever expected. Henry C has really given us faith in running a business which is right for you AND the customer, and not just maximising profits.
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So where are we now? Joe and I are looking to crowdfund simply so that we can see through the next few months. Cash flow will be this biggest issue for small businesses like us, so this is a way of keeping us going financially through such an uncertain time.
It's the unknown for everyone so please only support us if your own business, job or financial state is secure.
Big shout out to our amazing staff Daly, Maz and Liz. You guys are the reason our customers love Henry C so bloody much.
Big love and stay safe,
Sophie & Joe
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