Arthur Beale is Underway Again

2020-07-22T08:40:28+01:00 July 22nd, 2020|Business News|0 Comments

We are going to fling open the door to our lovely shop from 11:00 until 16:00 on Monday to Thursday. We can just accept pre-arranged collections on Friday which is reserved for Staff Training.

Hopefully, some of you will come to see us and buy all those bits you need to get safely back afloat. Upstairs will need to remain closed, we are taking tentative steps for the time being.

It is still very quiet here in Central London. That may be bad news for business, but it is great news for shopping. With just 20% of the usual footfall you can choose a nice alfresco table for lunch in your favourite restaurant. You can even get a whole table to yourself in a West End pub!

If you haven’t ventured into town yet, you may be in for a pleasant surprise – it is very civilised and rather peaceful!

Of course, Arthur Beale never really closed. The online orders kept coming in, so we have been dispatching parcels as usual.

We have also been very busy working backstage. Our ambitious plan is to install a completely new operating system so that everything is integrated. Hence the Friday training days. It will ultimately save us a lot of time and it will enable us to launch a brand-new upgraded website. Apparently, it will have all the bells and whistles. I was hoping it would feature more products than just bells and whistles, but at least it’s a start.

The staff are also very keen that the website shows live stock, personally I don’t think there is much demand for buying cattle online, but we’ll see.

We aren’t banking on things getting back to normal. We were never normal in any case, but we know that we must change to meet the new challenges ahead.

We are bursting with ideas. Some of them may even be legal.

One idea that needs legs is to purchase an electric cargo bike so that we can do regular weekly deliveries to London Yacht Clubs and Marinas. We already drop off quite a few deliveries by bike, but wow antifouling is heavy stuff!

It might seem a bit “Slow Ahead” at the moment, but the staff are frantically busy working on the “New Arthur Beale”.

We have all missed you, so please do come along and say hello.

I’m skiving off for a couple of weeks as I am taking Tilman the dog to Scotland for his first sail – it will be mayhem!

Take care everyone. AF

A few things you might need for that long awaited sail…
(more on our website!)

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