About Advertise with us Get our newsletter
Facebook Twitter Instagram


'The next three to six months will be a critical period'

'The next three to six months is going to be a critical period for the recovery of businesses'

You could almost hear an audible sigh of relief across the nation last Monday when the First Minister confirmed that most of the final Covid restrictions would be lifted from Monday August 9, as the country “moves beyond Level 0”, writes John Turner. 

As a business owner these changes are welcome, as is the relaxation of restrictions on travel from “green light” areas such as the USA and Europe.

Footfall and sales have been picking up slowly during the past few months since we were able to reopen, but are still nowhere near ‘normal’ levels, even with the added number of staycationers from the UK visiting Scotland this year.

So, we are hoping for an influx of foreign visitors over the next few months as restrictions are lifted and consumer confidence continues to grow.

The next three to six months is going to be a critical period for the recovery of businesses from the effects of the lockdown, in particular as the furlough scheme winds down. 

So may I please encourage you all to continue your support of the many local, independent businesses which are the lifeblood of the West End. 

Please be kind, be courteous, and continue to wear masks when required to do so.

A recent BBC article highlighted a report stating that in many parts of the UK, over a third of shop and business premises in town and city centres are currently lying empty. 

It is therefore encouraging to see that Byres Road and the Lanes are continuing to buck this trend. 

'Mediterranean feel'

We have in fact come out of lockdown restrictions with a net gain of new businesses in the area, including some long-standing empty units that have been filled or are about to be filled. Long may that continue.

It has been very pleasing to see so many people sitting outside enjoying a drink and a meal the recent sunshine. 

It has given Byres Road and the Lanes an almost Mediterranean feel – which is not a sentence that you write about Glasgow very often.

The heatwave also ended with some Mediterranean-style downpours and flash flooding, especially just outside the Hillhead Subway.

Byres Road
Byres Road

Which brings us neatly to the subject of climate change. 

The recent weather here, and the floods in Northern Europe and the fires in Greece, Turkey and elsewhere have only underlined the warnings of the effects of climate change, and the increase of extreme weather events, which now seem to have become a regular occurrence. 

The eyes of the world will soon be turning to Glasgow and the COP26 conference at the SEC in November. 

Footfall and sales have been picking up slowly during the past few months since we were able to reopen, but are still nowhere near ‘normal’ levels, even with the added number of staycationers from the UK visiting Scotland this year

John Turner

As the world’s leaders and top scientists gather to debate the future of our planet, I am sure that once again Glasgow – and the West End in particular – will showcase to the world the best of Scottish hospitality, as it did during the Commonwealth Games.

It is both a daunting and an exciting prospect. 

As has been said many times this last 18 months, these are unprecedented times.

Take care, stay safe, and thank you for your ongoing support of Byres Road and the Lanes.

John Turner. Photo: Robert Perry
John Turner. Photo: Robert Perry
Share this story


  • KelmanKevin profile imageSome well-known West End sights from a different perspective. @UofGlasgow @GlasgowWEToday @HillheadHS Twitter embedded image 8 hours ago by KelmanKevin
  • chelsearocks__ profile imageI am biased, but Glasgow is just spectacular 🥺 Twitter embedded image 9 hours ago by chelsearocks__
  • AnderstonGS profile imageA few of our members started working on the area beside the blaes pitch on Elderslie St. the difference is incredible with just a few hours work! More great things coming for this area!! 💚🌿 #PeopleMakeAnderston #LetAnderstonFlourish Twitter embedded image 10 hours ago by AnderstonGS
  • HughendenWatch profile imageA #ThrowbackThursday of the Rosevale Tavern, Dumbarton Road Partick #ThenAndNow 1931 v 2022 - Rosevale St was realigned with Crow Rd around 1970 during housing development nearby [original image credit Glasgow City Archives] Twitter embedded image 12 hours ago by HughendenWatch
  • WesternTennis profile imageFor anyone who regularly uses the towpaths! cc @GlasgowWEToday
    scottishcanals profile imageDo you live along our canal network in Glasgow? Or use our towpaths to commute? Join the conversation via @WiseWomenTweet @GlasglowGClub & tell us where & why you may be feeling unsafe and what we can do to make Glasgow a safer space for women & girls. womenssafety.scot/ Twitter embedded image 1 day ago by scottishcanals
    12 hours ago by WesternTennis
  • HillheadSports profile imageA few spaces left for Pilates at Hillhead Sports Club on Friday at 9.30am. Low impact workout that gives fantastic results to improve flexibility, alignment & posture & is ideal for everyone. Beginners to intermediates welcome, with a relaxation session at the end 👇 Twitter embedded image 16 hours ago by HillheadSports
  • KelvingroveArt profile imageOn Holocaust Memorial Day explore the Holocaust artworks of Czech Jewish artist Marianne Grant in Kelvingrove, online and in new book ‘Painting for My Life’. Her art saved her life. #HolocaustMemorialDay #HMD2022 #LightTheDarkness Twitter embedded image 17 hours ago by KelvingroveArt
  • PTideasfund profile imageYou've got a bit longer to get that application done you've been thinking about! Anyone can apply and we're here to support your application and answer any questions. ☺ Application packs can be downloaded from: annexecommunities.org.uk… #ParticipatoryBudgeting Twitter embedded image 17 hours ago by PTideasfund
  • glasgowfilmfest profile imageMASSIVE NEWS! The entire #GFF22 Programme is now LIVE! Check out the fabulous trailer featuring some of the brilliant films in our curated selection from around the world 🌎🌍🌏 Stay tuned for more info about on-sale dates! See the full announcement: bit.ly/GFF_Launch
    18 hours ago by glasgowfilmfest
  • GlasgowCC profile imageAre you guilty of chucking items in the general waste when you know they could be recycled? 😳 That wee bit of effort it takes to recycle can go a long way to help the environment, so waste less and give items a second chance #RecycleForGlasgow ♻️ 👉 glasgow.gov.uk/recycling Twitter embedded image 18 hours ago by GlasgowCC

Get our newsletter

Glasgow West End Today Loading