MP Graham Stuart has met virtually with Ken and Gail Lunn, the owners of Mega Fun, an award-winning soft-indoor play centre, based in Beverley, for a frank discussion about the challenges the business and the industry face as a result of Covid-19.
The past year has been particularly difficult for Mega Fun, having only been allowed to open for four weeks in the past ten months. Even though their revenue has stopped, their bills haven’t – this is sadly a familiar story for many businesses across Beverley and Holderness.
While Ken and Gail say the measures introduced by the Government, such as VAT relief and deferment, the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBIL), Business Rate Relief, and Local Authority Grants have helped them get through the pandemic, they are concerned about the future and what will happen when these schemes begin to wind down. Graham welcomed their input and has passed their concerns directly to the Treasury.
Ken and Gail consider their play centre as a gym for children and have invested heavily to make the centre COVID-secure. It offers a safe environment for kids to play, stay healthy and exercise. It also offers a much-needed respite for parents who are busier than ever.
“After one of the toughest years in memory, kids need an opportunity to let off steam and play in a safe environment. It was great to speak to Graham who understood the challenges we face and to know he’s raising our concerns at the highest level of Government.”
“It is an extremely frustrating and challenging time for businesses and some difficult decisions have been made, but an end is now in sight as the vaccine continues to be rolled out across the country.
“It was fantastic to chat with Ken and Gail; they are so passionate about their business and they are clearly a very important facility for many in the local community.
“I understand the pressures that local businesses are under and I will do everything I can to assist them in getting the support that is available to them through East Riding Council. I would encourage businesses to check the eligibility criteria on their website.”
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