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What’s it been like to launch a business during the pandemic, managing a year of lockdowns and restrictions?
In our latest video we speak to Gary Rourke, who started his own pie making business in May 2020 after losing his job due to the pandemic.
He discusses the ups and downs of the last year, from selling pies in farmers’ markets and opening his first shop, to being forced to operate a click and collect service and managing uncertainty.
This three-minute video tells Gary’s inspiring story of how he's followed his dreams despite a challenging situation.
Inspired by Gary's story? Read our guide on how to start a cake or baking business from home.
Our new report reveals the full impact of the pandemic on the UK’s small business owners and the self-employed.
We spoke to over 1,200 small businesses to find out their views on government support, the total anticipated cost of the pandemic, and which regions have been hardest hit.
Download your free in-depth report. Find out more about the cost of coronavirus and overall business confidence.
What are the biggest challenges of starting a small business during a pandemic? Let us know your thoughts on the video in the comments.
Conor Shilling is a Copywriter at Simply Business with over two years’ experience in the insurance industry. A trained journalist, Conor has worked as a professional writer for 10 years. His previous experience includes writing for several leading online property trade publications. Conor specialises in the buy-to-let market, landlords, and small business finance.
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