Another gift from that nice Mr Sunak

For those who like us were allowed to stay open, Covid has not necessarily been the financial disaster it has been for others. It seems almost unfair that we have received so much in rants and reduced VAT. Of course it’s not over yet, business wise the worst may be soon to come as competitors reopen and chase reduced…

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News Roundup

Things are changing fast around our shop on “The Bello” with the new more relaxed Covid rules. It’s busier and the demand for our two outside tables is intense. This weekend will see the reopening of the antiques market too where we have a one day per week outlet. We are looking for a full time staff member for…

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Organic is Booming

The UK organic market is booming 12.6% up year on year. This is the highest growth since dip that followed the 2007 financial crisis – the total market has now reached reaching £2.79B. Growth is led by online sales during the Covid pandemic, say the Soil Association: “organic is now rightfully recognised as the cornerstone of a resilient food…

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New team in the shop

If you haven’t been in our shop lately you will notice the team has changed. Michele the manager has been with us for two years but Raluca, Aylin and Ciar are new, following on from our summer team of Amro and Amira. Like most places we are not as busy making cups of coffee as pre-Covid and are managing…

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It’s the Economy, Stupid

A massive thank you to all our loyal customers. Thanks to you we have maintained 70% of our pre-lockdown turnover in our shop. That’s by day. Meanwhile by night Portobello Road has been mentioned nationally as a place attracting unwelcome partyers, but don’t worry we are closed by then. Like most businesses our customers range from the very worried…

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A corporate coup?

The government lockdown to control the Covid virus is the most draconian event since WW2. We call for a government of national unity. Instead it looks as if, in a replay of 2008, all the government’s big corporate backers will get handouts enabling them to survive and then prosper, eventually swallowing up another big chunk of the economy as…

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PM’s sister in Coffee Plant

Here is a piece from the Boris Johnson’s sister in the Sunday Times in the world before the virus panic took its grip. To summarise, here’s what it says: on election morning Boris’ sister came to Coffee Plant, having been woken by celebrity Ruby Wax and later she quotes actor Hugh Grant. All three are or have been customers…

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