Family-run pub turns takeaway during coronavirus closure
A family-run pub in a Shropshire village has secured jobs for all of its staff and made the switch to offering takeaway food during the coronavirus shutdown.
Read time: 5 mins Added: 14/05/2020
Like all pubs, The Bull's Head Inn in Chelmarsh was told to close its doors to customers at the start of lockdown, but owner John King was determined to protect the future of the business he has owned with his wife Norma for 14 years.
With pub dining off the menu, the kitchen quickly transformed into offering a takeaway service, delivering more than 40 roast dinners to the homes of loyal locals on Mother's Day alone.
John's next move was to secure the jobs of his 14 staff who all lived locally. His Lloyds Bank relationship manager, Mark Meakin, helped John to navigate the government support available to the business, but also provided a crucial package of support including an overdraft extension and loan repayment holiday for at least six months, and longer if needed.
John said: "We're a small rural business, employing local people and we just want to make sure they all still have jobs at the end of this torrid situation, so we're very grateful for the speed and professionalism of the team at Lloyds Bank.
"They are all so relieved that they can meet their commitments and pay their mortgages and rent.
"Lloyds Bank has been very helpful in helping us to understand all the different elements of support that the government is offering in guarantees and grants, keeping us up to date on what's available and how we access it."
John King, Owner, The Bull's Head Inn
"Our relationship manager Mark has been superb. He started working right away to pull a support package together for us.
"At 9pm on Saturday night he contacted me to say he'd submitted the package to Lloyds Bank credit committee and by 9am on Sunday morning it had been approved, which was incredible."
For now, The Bull's Head Inn, which also offers B&B and self-catering accommodation, continues to adapt and has developed a new takeaway menu of country pub classics, like steak and ale pie, helping to sustain their new business model until they can reopen in full once again.
Mark Meakin said: "These really are unprecedented times for business and the hospitality industry is particularly vulnerable, given the government's advice for people to stay at home.
"Employers like John want to stand by their workers, and we'll do whatever we can to help them do that.
"It's important that we all work together to get through this and help healthy businesses survive."
All lending is subject to status.
Important legal information
Lloyds Bank is a trading name of Lloyds Bank plc, Bank of Scotland plc, Lloyds Bank Corporate Markets plc and Lloyds Bank Corporate Markets Wertpapierhandelsbank GmbH.
Lloyds Bank plc. Registered Office: 25 Gresham Street, London EC2V 7HN. Registered in England and Wales no. 2065. Bank of Scotland plc. Registered Office: The Mound, Edinburgh EH1 1YZ. Registered in Scotland no. SC327000. Lloyds Bank Corporate Markets plc. Registered office 25 Gresham Street, London EC2V 7HN. Registered in England and Wales no. 10399850. Authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority under registration number 119278, 169628 and 763256 respectively.
Lloyds Bank Corporate Markets Wertpapierhandelsbank GmbH is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Lloyds Bank Corporate Markets plc. Lloyds Bank Corporate Markets Wertpapierhandelsbank GmbH has its registered office at Thurn-und-Taxis Platz 6, 60313 Frankfurt, Germany. The company is registered with the Amtsgericht Frankfurt am Main, HRB 111650. Lloyds Bank Corporate Markets Wertpapierhandelsbank GmbH is supervised by the Bundesanstalt für Finanzdienstleistungsaufsicht.
Eligible deposits with us are protected by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS). We are covered by the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS). Please note that due to FSCS and FOS eligibility criteria not all business customers will be covered.
While all reasonable care has been taken to ensure that the information provided is correct, no liability is accepted by Lloyds Bank for any loss or damage caused to any person relying on any statement or omission. This is for information only and should not be relied upon as offering advice for any set of circumstances. Specific advice should always be sought in each instance.