Barbers might have closed for good without financial support after being ‘hit hard’ by Covid-19 pandemic

PUBLISHED: 12:38 01 November 2020 | UPDATED: 10:20 02 November 2020

Without the financial support that his independent business received from the government, Soham Barbers would likely have closed for good because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Owner Craig Cox is pictured with barber Nathan Pinkney (left). Picture: BEN JOLLEY

Without the financial support that his independent business received from the government, Soham Barbers would likely have closed for good because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Owner Craig Cox is pictured with barber Nathan Pinkney (left). Picture: BEN JOLLEY

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Without the financial support that his independent business received from the government, Soham Barbers would likely have closed for good because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Without the financial support that his independent business received from the government, Soham Barbers would likely have closed for good because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Owner Craig Cox is pictured with barber Nathan Pinkney. Picture: BEN JOLLEYWithout the financial support that his independent business received from the government, Soham Barbers would likely have closed for good because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Owner Craig Cox is pictured with barber Nathan Pinkney. Picture: BEN JOLLEY

Craig Cox, owner, said that the coronavirus lockdown hit business “really quite hard. Before Covid-19 we were ticking over quite nicely.”

After remaining closed for several months, he said things were “very busy” for the first two weeks after reopening on July 4.

But in the months since, he says it’s been getting “quieter and quieter.

Without the financial support that his independent business received from the government, Soham Barbers would likely have closed for good because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Picture: BEN JOLLEYWithout the financial support that his independent business received from the government, Soham Barbers would likely have closed for good because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Picture: BEN JOLLEY

“We are feeling the pinch,” he added, having kept in touch with other independent barber shops.

The financial support from the government, Craig said, was “very helpful in keeping our business open.

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“If it wasn’t for that and them, I’d maybe have been putting a closed sign on the door for good.”

Looking ahead, Craig is just hoping that the pandemic doesn’t last any longer.

“It is hard. We just hope it doesn’t get any worse.”


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