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The Pandemic and Me: Irene Bisp.

Hey nuddy lovers! We are back with our second instalment of our brand new interview series, The Pandemic and Me. This week we are chatting to the lovely Irene Bisp, a restaurant owner from Stockton on Tees. This past year has been particularly challenging for Irene, as her business has had to readapt to constantly changing coronavirus restrictions, as well as enduring periods of closure. Irene talks to us about the difficulties she has faced and how it has impacted her as business-wise and personally.  

NAME: Irene Bisp

LOCATION: Stockton on Tees

JOB: Restaurant Owner- Framboisette

Hey there! Can you tell us a little about yourself and what you do for work?

My name is Irene, I am 51 and I run a small restaurant called the Framboisette within a pub in Eaglescliffe, North East of England. I have been self employed for approximately 25 years. 

What have you found most challenging in the past year?

Due to the nature of my job, I have found not seeing and speaking to people on a regular bass incredibly difficult. As a business owner, I have also found the process of learning to adapt my  business a challenging experience.

What’s your life motto?

Always keep your chin up. 

How has Covid-19 changed your outlook on life?

The pandemic has definitely made me realise just how important friends and family are.

How have you been keeping upbeat and positive during this period?

I have found that walking helps to keep me focused and is a simple way to bring a sense of positivity to my life.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given in life and/or in the past year?

I think it’s important to always remember that other people are worse off than me- this helps me to appreciate the things that I have.

What 3 things do you look forward to doing most once we are in a safe position to do so?

-Being able to meet up with others.

-Being able to have a hug.

-Going for a drink/meal.

How have you practiced self care/self love during this difficult time?

I have found that quiet time listening to music and time with my partner is one of the best ways to help me unwind and relax.

If you were one of our soap bars, which would you be and why?

Coconut. Hard nut to crack but worth it for the centre.

Here’s your chance to give a shoutout to someone who has gotten you through the past few months! What is their name and how have they helped you?

My partner, Simon Smith. He has helped me mentally and physically every step of the way.

Thank you so much to Irene for taking the time to chat to us about how the pandemic has affected her and her business. You can check out her gorgeous restaurant here.