2020 was always going to be a year of transition for Aquascot. We had plans to extend our products into a new sphere completely, had challenges we needed to face into with regard to our core business and had to continue our journey as an employee-owned business. Little did we know the effect COVID would have on all of us.
Immediately ahead of lockdown in March, Aquascot saw the arrival of a new Managing Director, not the ideal start, or was it? We also saw massive uplift in orders due to panic buying and the resulting change to foodservice and scratch cooking at home. We were challenged with being COVID-safe and key workers driving to work on empty roads was quite eery.
Our teams outside of production suddenly found themselves working from home and separated, our production teams getting used to more PPE, social distancing and new shift patterns to limit the risks. It was quite a trying time for all, but one that partners in Aquascot showed their true character: they reacted, they solved, and they continued to deliver. It has become the norm now, we have adjusted, we have learnt like many others have needed to, but it was not the only thing we did.