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Show went on despite four bank holidays.

Opinions were mixed as to whether the additional Royal Wedding bank holiday was good or bad for local business.

Sitting as it did between both the Easter holidays and the first of the May bank holidays it meant four working days lost in the space of 11 days, which some thought might cause major disruption for businesses.

But for manufacturing it was a case of the show must go on.

Simon Topman, managing director of Acme Whistles based in Barr Street, Birmingham, said adhering to deadlines was crucial to the firm given the quantity of goods it exports and that a proliferation of bank holidays could pose a problem. But he added that a flexible working agreement with the firm's workforce helped them overcome any difficulties that might have arisen.

Steve Ellson, director at Brock Charles Architects in Alcester, Warwickshire, said: "We found that as long as companies planned ahead with their resources and current workload deadlines, these breaks could be enjoyed by everyone.

"For ourselves, the enquiries have already begun again since the first day back after the latest bank holiday."

Business leaders acknowledged the additional holiday combined with the run of holidays could work both ways. Bruce Undy, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) Warwickshire and Coventry chairman added: "Some small firms told us they were concerned about the impact the additional bank holiday would have on their business.

"With other business organisations estimating a bank holiday costs the economy pounds 6 billion, many small firms were concerned their cash-flow would be adversely affected.

"However, other small businesses have benefited from the increased interest in British products and believe the wedding acted as a boost to morale and confidence."
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:May 5, 2011
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