Apparently, on average, it takes 66 days before a new behaviour becomes automatic and a habit. With little certainty as to when the COVID-19 lockdown might be relaxed, that may be plenty of time to see a shift in how we engage with SMEs and family businesses.
The Businesses in Scotland 2019 report published in March 2019 showed the highest number of private sector businesses operating in Scotland since records began in 2000. SMEs accounted for 99.3% of all private sector businesses, providing an estimated 1.2 million jobs — a staggering 55.4% of private sector employment.
It remains to be seen what impact the COVID-19 outbreak will have on those stats.
What we do know however is that the rural sector (in particular) has a great track record when it comes to adapting and diversifying. We have see many examples of that within our client base over the years.
Our new rural partner Gary Webster commented in his first blog post earlier this week about the rural sector's crucial role in our food security, and it's encouraging then to see examples of diversification to meet the shifting habits currently forced upon us all.
And here, in this Press & Journal article, we have some great examples of amongst food traders in Moray.
Regardless of how long the lockdown is in place, let's hope the changing habits stick and support Scotland's SMEs' return to strength.
North-east food suppliers hope a surge of customers turning to them for home deliveries during the current lockdown will continue as more support for local traders once the crisis is over.