A Cornish tourism and hospitality training business has closed its doors for the final time after 24 years of operation.
Citing coronavirus as a major factor behind the decision, Newquay for Excellence Training director Ruth Atkinson said in a statement:
“Like you we have found ourselves in uncharted territory these past few months and certainly could not in all our 24 years of operation have anticipated what would transpire this year and the effect it would have on the hospitality sector.
The resulting lockdown and the suspension of any operational activities obviously caused us many issues as it did to the whole of the sector and more specifically a second lockdown, when we were just starting try and restart activity caused us to rethink our options going forward.
With this in mind and with possible ongoing uncertainties ahead, I have to inform you that Gill (fellow director Gillian Moore) and I decided to close the business at the end of November and take our retirement somewhat earlier than we would have anticipated.
We would like to thank you for the support you have given to our business over the years and hope that with the various training initiatives we have developed over the last 24 years we have in some way helped to contribute to the ongoing success of your business.
We wish you every success for the future and hope to have the opportunity to be able to visit on a social basis and enjoy our fabulous hospitality businesses do what they do best.”