A message from Suffolk Mag editor Jayne Lindill: We’re #ThereWithYou
PUBLISHED: 17:06 06 April 2020 | UPDATED: 17:09 06 April 2020
All of us at Suffolk Magazine are working hard to continue to provide you with the very best of content featuring our county’s people and places
What a difference a month makes. This should have been the issue of Suffolk Magazine in which we celebrated the arrival of spring and told you about so many great things going on.
The Suffolk Show, Suffolk Walking Festival, Bury Festival, Red Rooster, Taste of Sudbury . . . the list of Coronavirus casualties is long and the impact on businesses and charities who rely on us being active, busy and mobile is immeasurable.
Our world has changed, possibly forever. While we might be physically separated at the moment, in many ways we’ve never been so connected.
Situations like this bring out the best (and occasionally the worst) in people and there are many, many examples every day of how communities are pulling together and supporting their most vulnerable members.
Also of individuals who are making superhuman efforts to support key workers and help fight this terrible disease.
What the future holds is uncertain. The world’s economies are under massive strain. The gap between the haves and have nots is likely to open even wider and those with least job security, on the lowest wages and with little or no savings will be the most vulnerable and take the longest to recover. Some of them will not.
It’s the same with businesses. We’re a county of small and medium businesses, of self-employed and sole traders, of freelancers and contractors. They rely on local trade and many may not have the economies of scale or the borrowing power to recover.
When the lockdown is lifted and life begins to return something like normal they will need us to be there. Some will also need Suffolk Magazine. Many of our regular advertisers are small and medium business in key sectors such as food and drink, hospitality, tourism, creative industries, retailers and services.
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They provide employment for us, our families and friends, and they are critical to the wellbeing of our local economy.
Most have had to hit pause, but when they return they will need us to help get their message across to a local audience.
And we’re determined to be here for them, to continue to support local businesses, now and well into the future, just as we have for the past 20 years.
This month we’re publishing the magazine at an estimated loss of at least £25,000. We could have had a month off. We could have published online only.
But delivering a local magazine to the people of Suffolk is as important now as it ever has been.
So, I thank you for buying Suffolk Magazine. Please continue to do so. Help us to help the communities and businesses that serve us so well.
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