Coco Curtains

Interview: Lyndsay Makin

Curtain Maker

Heaton, Newcastle upon Tyne

How has your business/organisation been affected by the Covid-19 lockdown?

Could only sell products or produce via collection

What have been the biggest challenges for you during the lockdown whether logistical, financial, etc.?

It hasn’t been challenging just concerned about future work in the long term.

What are the biggest challenges coming out of the lockdown?

Not as much work or enquiries coming in and feeling nervous about visiting customers again as I have asthma so worried about catching covid.

If applicable how important has any funding (arts, government, etc.) been to keep going and was it hard to get hold of?

Funding has been vital by offering a lifeline and enabling me to not panic and get stressed. Self employed grant was easy and quick and I’m ecstatic to hear there will be a second one if needed.

Was your type of business one of the ones that fell through the cracks in funding opportunities?

Not for me no

Have you done/are doing any crowdfunding for your business or organisation or selling gift vouchers, special products, etc.?

• Other (please specify):
• No

How much has support from the community been important such as people buying local, supporting crowdfunders, etc.?

Not noticed this in my industry

Have you or are you having to adapt to new ways of working such as moving your business online or doing classes, events or seminars by Zoom or similar?

No nothing has changed

What are the digital tools that you have you been using or are intending to use?

• Instagram