Ocean Zen C.I.C

Interview: Tove Crossland

Whitley Bay

Health and wellness centre with retail space

A vibrant hub providing you with holistic products and services.

Tove very kindly did a video interview and one via email below.

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

Could work from home to keep the business going

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

Logistics face to face work zero Adapted to technology

What are the biggest challenges coming out of the lockdown?

Recouping money lost in other ways retail focus Out door events

Have you had to start selling in a different way than usual for example a bar or restaurant selling beer or food online?

Yes more online and retail products due to services being on hold beach mediation and online membership developed now.

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

Not hard for us 10k grant and we’re a CIC so can access funding also had we been another business model not as good.

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

Very important also we’ve promoted collaborators and businesses also local to us. We have some local artists stock to sell also and promote for them attend online networking and promote those there too.

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?

Yes to all of it. We are an events retreat business holistic and wellbeing so have held online coffee mornings for those who feel isolated and want to talk about how they are. Meditation and online guidance and coaching sessions also.

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