STAFF at a popular Evesham tea and gift shop have paid tribute to council chiefs for their support of local businesses during the Coronavirus lockdown.
JellyPickleJam owner Lisa Whelan spoke out after the Vine Mews venue became the latest to open its doors following the relaxing of restrictions imposed to tackle the pandemic in March.
Hospitality venues such as restaurants and tea rooms were closed in March to tackle the spread of the COVID-19 virus and speaking to the Observer, Lisa paid tribute to Wychavon District Council for its swift action in backing local businesses such as hers.
“It’s been interesting to see how independent businesses have adapted to meet new demands and I for one am extremely grateful to Wychavon District Council for their swift and efficient administration of the Rate Relief Grant which has helped many companies make necessary changes,” she said.
“Without this JellyPickleJam would not have endured, We are excited to be back and look forward to safely welcoming customers old and new.”
Whilst furloughed staff remained busy by revising their food hygiene and allergen awareness qualifications while owner Lisa launched an afternoon tea delivery service, which instantly took off and even won an award from online recommendation service, Restaurant Guru.
“Many businesses have had to diversify during this unprecedented time so for us it was a natural progression to take what we do best to people isolated at home,” she said.
“It was a huge surprise to receive the award for ‘Best Delivery Service in Evesham’ and we are thrilled and so grateful.
“It’s been an emotional experience as many recipients have felt touched by the gesture of having this delivered for birthdays, anniversaries and just because they were missed; there were a few times where we’ve both been in tears,” Lisa added.
The tea shop has complied with all necessary social distancing and hygiene measures and thanked customers for their patience.