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Mandy Bahar of Daily Grind in King's Lynn and Mike Daisley of Wildfowler in Terrington St Clement discuss impact of increased food and electricity bills





Small businesses continue to feel the effect of rising costs – with food and electricity proving to be particularly problematic.

Mandy Bahar, owner of The Daily Grind cafe in Lynn, and Mike Daisley, who runs the Wildfowler pub in Terrington St Clement, have both noticed significant price hikes in recent months.

Mr Daisley runs the Wildfowler with his wife Lisa, and they have struggled to turn around profits since Chancellor Jeremy Hunt’s Autumn Statement in November.

Mandy Bahar (left) has noticed the price of food shooting up
Mandy Bahar (left) has noticed the price of food shooting up

The Sutton Road pub has recently had a menu change, and by attempting to source quality meat from a West Lynn butcher, staff have to bear the brunt of rising charges.

“We’re trying to commit to keeping it local, keeping it good,” Mr Daisley said.

“However, to do that means that someone has to pay the price, and sadly we know that the consumer can’t pay the price because it’s hard enough as it is.

Mike Daisley says he and staff are ;cutting themselves through the middle' just to sell food
Mike Daisley says he and staff are ;cutting themselves through the middle' just to sell food

“You’re the middle man in between if you like. You’re cutting yourself through the middle just to try and sell the product.”

Ms Bahar has also noticed the cost of much-needed products go through the roof – especially the likes of lettuce, cucumbers and tomatoes.

“I’ve noticed how much they’ve shot up,” she said.

“That sort of thing has definitely made a difference. Obviously there was a problem with eggs for a while as well – we couldn’t get them, then they’ve come back and they’ve shot up as well.

“It’s really, really tough. I just hope I’ve been here long enough that people will want to still come in.

“It is a worry, definitely.”

Ms Bahar does not have to worry too much about rising electricity costs due to using a Pricewatch service.

However, those bills remain a major concern for Mr Daisley at the Wildfowler.

The pub continues to just about break even after all expenses are taken care of, and “nothing much has changed” in recent months despite pleas for support.

“We’ve still got a good turnover of customers, but sadly the bills are so high,” Mr Daisley added.

In April, minimum wage thresholds will also go up.



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