Business Refuses To Close For Royal Wedding
Jim Venables, MD of officebroker.com , is refusing to acknowledge the extra bank holiday on Friday 29 April and has told his staff it will be business as usual.
Mr Venables believes the extra day off will cost businesses millions in lost revenue and, while he wishes the royal couple well, he is not prepared to shut up shop for the day.
He is also calling on other employers to follow his lead and refuse to close their business down on April 29.
Last year Mr Venables, whose nickname amongst his staff is ΓÇ£OrriblesΓÇ¥, made local headlines when he gave his team half a day off to watch EnglandΓÇÖs World Cup clash against Slovenia. But it seems his patriotism does not extend to next monthΓÇÖs royal occasion.
Mr Venables said: ΓÇ£I think the royal family are a fantastic tourist attraction for the UK and when I did the tour of Buckingham Palace I was very impressed.
ΓÇ£But businesses are being forced to take a day off when thereΓÇÖs simply no need for it. There seems to be an assumption from the Government that everyone in the UK cares and thatΓÇÖs not the truth.
ΓÇ£April is already a short month with two bank holidays so why add a third? The effects on businesses will be crippling. Shortening our month means reducing our revenue and thatΓÇÖs really, really annoying.
ΓÇ£I wish the young couple all the very best but I canΓÇÖt see why they donΓÇÖt get married on a Saturday like everyone else does and that would solve the whole problem. Instead there seems to be the attitude of, ΓÇÿI know what weΓÇÖll do, weΓÇÖll close the whole country down for the day!ΓÇÖ
ΓÇ£Well weΓÇÖre not having it. We will be working like itΓÇÖs any other day, just getting on with it. I hope other managers will do the same. Why should businesses suffer?ΓÇ¥
Based in Tamworth, Staffs, Mr VenablesΓÇÖ 80 strong company officebroker.com is the UKΓÇÖs leading online finder of office space for businesses.
Mr Venables said he felt he had the support of his team.
He added: ΓÇ£We have a great team here and they all understand the commercial pressures that businesses face. I havenΓÇÖt had any complaints about the decision. They all call me ΓÇÿOrriblesΓÇÖ anyway so thereΓÇÖs probably been a bit of banter about it but nothing I canΓÇÖt take.ΓÇ¥
An insider at officebroker.comΓÇÖs Tamworth HQ said: ΓÇ£I suppose weΓÇÖll watch the highlights on the telly when we get home. ItΓÇÖs fair enough really. I mean I didnΓÇÖt expect Prince William to ground his helicopter on my wedding day so why would he expect me to put my feet up all day?ΓÇ¥
Operations manager Liz Yorke added: ΓÇ£When the date was announced, two of my staff immediately booked off the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday as annual leave to try to take advantage of all the bank holidays. They were none too pleased when I told them they had to book it off if they wanted not to work it!ΓÇ¥
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