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Moray firm thanks bank for support during pandemic

By Alistair Whitfield

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A well-known Moray family business is looking to the future after being supported through the pandemic by a six-figure Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan.

The Pozzi Bijou group, which owns two stores on Buckie High Street, the Elgin gift and coffee shop, plus the Bijou by the Sea café – have been backed by HSBC

The bank's loan has helped to sustain things while coronavirus forced the hospitality and non-essential retail industries to remain closed.

It has also allowed the business to launch its first e-commerce site and complete a full renovation of the Bijou Elgin coffee shop.

Businessman David Robertson.
Businessman David Robertson.

Business owner David Robertson said: "While our newsagents has stayed operational in a reduced manner as an essential shop throughout lockdowns, we have felt the effects of a lack of footfall.

"We’ve had to change our business model and react to the ever-changing situation.

"We’ve invested heavily into the local community over the last 30 years, taking on rundown and even derelict properties and renovating them to bring life back to the high street.

"The funding from HSBC UK means we are now perfectly placed to rebuild our business in the wake of what we hope is a once in a lifetime event."

Mr Robertson stated that all the renovation work in Elgin was done by local firms such Julie Jones Interiors and Robert Pozzi Upholstery.

He said: "We thought it was really important to support local businesses."

Grant Donald, the relationship manager at HSBC UK, said: "Hospitality and retail businesses have had an exceptionally difficult year with the uncertainty that this pandemic has brought.

"As a bank we’re proud to support the Pozzi Bijou group to help make sure that they can continue to be a key part of the local communities that they serve.”

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