It is great to be out and about, enjoying the sunshine at a country pub thronging with families enjoying a pint and a pie, complimenting each other’s dogs which barge and jostle about the tables. Thank goodness everyone can enjoy their lives and no-one is talking any more about needing to stop all travel and activity because of imminent climate extinction; we are not so interested now we have all learned what that feels like and what it does to the economy!
Unfortunately, things are not going quite so well when I look at the bottom line of the balance sheet of the independent school I run. Parents have been tremendously loyal through the period of lockdown but so many ran small businesses and consultancies and they have seen their businesses fold. We support them through bursaries, of course, but that has seen our revenue stream fall.