It takes some time before the dust settles on our previous year’s accounts but I’m happy to say that all in all, despite the challenges the virus has thrown at us, we have had a successful year.
Despite our opening times being reduced from 46 hours to 18 hours a week, our turnover has gone back up to 2014 levels. Along with the Small Business Interruption Scheme grant, this has resulted in a return to profitability. Rolling forward previous years’ losses has got rid of a good bit of our tax liability but we shall have the privilege of paying some. Full accounts can be viewed on the Companies’ House website and this year’s will be available after July.
Having a bit of a cushion in the bank account has meant that we have been able to take an unhurried audit of our white goods rather than having to respond to a crisis. It has been decided that we should replace the big chiller. It has performed very well over nearly 11 years and was paid for with a grant from Kathy Pollard’s Locality Budget. Being closed during the afternoons means the disruption shouldn’t be too great.
Mothering Sunday is on March 14 and Easter Day is on April 4. We always have a good stock of small gifts and cards for precious people and we’ll have Fair Trade Easter Eggs, ingredients for your simnel cakes, including marzipan, and our excellent free-range eggs from Flowton. If the weather has not been too cold, we’ll also have locally grown pink rhubarb by the end of the month.
I’d love to be able to report on how we celebrated Wendy’s retirement on February 28 but that will have to wait until better times when we can all get together. March is Tracy Booth’s first solo flight and we all wish her well.
Thanks as always to our faithful volunteers and customers. Keep safe!
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