Colin Beattie MSP has undertaken a visit to local company, Eskmills Venue, to stress the importance of the survival of local venues in Scotland. Eskmills Venue is operated by Hickory, one of Scotland’s largest independent catering companies. Many businesses across the country are taking steps to ensure that they are enforcing the new Scottish Government guidance correctly and continuing to remain open with new rules in place that keep customers safe.
Eskmills Venue has been instrumental in supporting the most vulnerable in the local community, working in partnership with the Musselburgh Resilience team throughout the pandemic to deliver hot, nutritious 3 course meals daily.
Commenting on the matter, Colin Beattie said:
“Visiting Eskmills Venue was eye opening for me in showing just how much businesses can adapt to overcome the challenges that the Coronavirus pandemic has presented. I could see clearly that they had the ability to enforce social distancing, and that these guidelines could be followed without difficulty given the size of the venue. Not only that, but the venue was an excellent facility which was a delight to visit.
“Weddings and special events are still taking place here, but guidelines are being stuck to. I was pleasantly surprised by how both fantastic and safe I felt at the venue. It is amazing to see how they have adapted their environment to continue to work despite the restrictions in place.
“This is a company that has taken an upbeat view to the challenges presented to them, and businesses like this which adapt to the restrictions at hand are the ones which will thrive through it. Saying that, 200 jobs are dependent on its survival, and I would encourage locals to see what they have to offer and keep this excellent company supported through the pandemic.
“I would encourage all residents in my constituency to do what they can for local businesses through this difficult time, and to invest energy in businesses, like Eskmills Venue, who go the extra mile to keep their customers safe.”
When queried about how the business was adapting to Covid-19 restrictions Stephanie Stubbs, from Hickory, also added:
“Whilst the restrictions are in place which caps the number of people able to attend events and weddings the business is doing everything it can to remain viable though Hickory @ Home, a restaurant delivery service of fine dining quality food delivered to people’s homes, and also the popular Eskmills Venue Garden bar which was set up at the start of the summer to make use of the lovely outdoor garden space as a place in which the community could safely enjoy eating out. We will continue to diversify and have lots of exciting new products and plans soon to be launched for Christmas.”