COMMENT An emotional rollercoaster

No 5,883 - December 2020

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“We’ve finally made it to the end of what has to be the strangest and most challenging year in a generation.”

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We’ve finally made it to the end of what has to be the strangest and most challenging year in a generation. It seemed like one minute we were singing Auld Lang Syne and ushering in a new year and the start of an exciting new decade, and the next we were facing a global pandemic and wondering how we’d survive and get through to the end of it. Hardly anyone saw it coming, or predicted the massive impact it would have on our everyday lives and how it would affect businesses in every sector, some with devastating consequences. Lockdown and furlough were new additions to our vocabulary and facemasks, social distancing and anti-bac became part of our everyday existence. If you thought Brexit had dominated the news headlines, it paled into insignificance compared to the coverage given to coronavirus and the Covid-19 pandemic, which is still on going. Luckily there is an end in sight as the testing system is now up to speed and a vaccine is gradually being rolled out, but for a while things didn’t look so good and no one knew how long we’d have to live with the imposed restrictions. We’re not completely out of the woods yet, but there does seem to be a route back to normality starting to open up. The industries hardest hit by the Covid-19 restrictions were hospitality and retail, however, we were lucky as DIY and home improvement were deemed to be essential, so despite having to make significant changes to working practices and the way stores were laid out, most businesses in our sector were allowed to continue trading and in many cases have flourished. Garden centres were also eventually allowed to reopen, and with many people staying at home and enjoying a good summer, gardening saw a huge increase in popularity and retailers enjoyed healthy sales. To reflect on the events of this most turbulent and uncertain of years, we’ve enlisted the help of a panel of industry experts and you can read their opinions in our review of the year feature starting on page 13. I think it’s fair to say that we’ve all suffered in one way or another during 2020, but I’m pleased and proud to say that our industry has risen to the challenges and tackled all the curved balls thrown at it and come out the other side leaner, stronger and more resilient than ever. Well done to everyone involved from the DIY Week team and we’d like to thank all our readers and advertisers for their continued support and wish you a very merry Christmas and best wishes for a much happier, healthier and prosperous new year!

Neil Mead, Director of Editorial: In This Issue

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