I gave my workforce the option to be furloughed or not. They decided to go and we decided to make up their wages to 100% for the first three weeks. My business partner has a broken wrist which took us to 1.5 workers left. Five weeks later and his cast has just been removed and he is getting better daily. We now are up to 1.8 workers. Both of my two main CNC spark eroders went down last week. Fortunately the engineers do not have much to do at present so I managed to get them down from the Midlands.
This all sounds like a bad story but believe me, My partner and I have worked our socks off and have managed to almost keep up with tool deliveries. This is why I am so tired. We are doing ok thanks. We will survive without the need for any external help except the furlough scheme. My workers could have stayed if they had so wished. I was not prepared to insist that they work as they were spending most of the day on their phones and the internet anyway.
We run a tight ship and this will enable us to survive this problem. I think we will get busier too as it seems that a lot of companies in our sector are going to avoid China at least in the medium term.