The Gattinetts – Coping with the Pandemic

It all happened so fast, didn’t it?  One moment we were going about business as usual, the next the goalposts had moved.  It was all work from home, don’t meet people and don’t travel.  Orders dried up and supply lines failed.

Here at The Gattinetts, the kindergarten has felt the impact severely, along with our businesses in the leisure and hospitality sectors.  Some companies have been able to furlough staff, batten down the hatches and try and keep the cashflow going, while others have moved their staff to online working from home.

The really good thing about The Gattinetts is that, as providers of rural office space in the tranquil surroundings of the Suffolk countryside, some folk have managed to continue. There are several offices with only one or two tenants where social distancing and hygiene control are easy to achieve and they have been able to keep going, albeit in a restricted way.

The next question is, what does this mean for the future?  Will anyone not survive? It’s not good business to just close the doors for months.  Will companies decide working from home is actually OK and they don’t need an office? The answers will make themselves clear in time.

One of the key strengths of The Gattinetts is that we are all small businesses, who are able to adapt to change to whatever is thrown at us.  I think things will change, and as site manager I will be keeping my ear to the ground, gauging how we need to adapt to cope with whatever this new environment turns out to be.

Maybe we will all re-focus on what is really important to us.  Will we want more free time, more focus on being environmentally friendly, getting fitter?  It’s too early to tell, but we’re in a good place to start – a small group of supportive friends and businesses neighbours in a flexible, forward-thinking hub.

Anne Priestley