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In April, catering entrepreneur Laura Vreugdenhil told her violent story The entrepreneur† She owns the big city The Clubsandwich Company and had to put her house up for sale to save her business hit by the corona pandemic. How is Vreugdenhil a month later? IN Entrepreneur Radio Live she talks about the current situation and makes an appeal to The Hague.
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May 11, 2022
Catering entrepreneur Laura Vreugdenhil in the studio for De Ondernemer Radio Live.
To get straight to the point: Laura Vreugdenhil’s situation has not changed much since the first interview last month, she tells host Remy Gieling in the radio studio. “I’m still working stay alive, so to say. The catering industry has been open for two months now, and we are recovering a little, but that is not enough in the long run. “
And what about those help packages? To what extent did it help Vreugdenhil? “I started my company exactly three months before the first lockdown. Then came the help packages. So I also enjoy sitting behind the computer and filling out forms.” The entrepreneur immediately encountered problems, including the fact that she, as a starter, did not yet have a reference turnover.A requirement that Vreugdenhil wanted to claim on the support measures.In short, the lid on her nose.
“Look, I’ll never get the money I’ve put into my business back anyway. In addition, the idea behind The Clubsandwich Company is simply the best idea in the world!”
A huge wave of bankruptcy is coming: where is it then?
The entrepreneur fell between two chairs. So what then, will you survive? What is the perspective of the owner of The Club Sandwich Company? “You’ve heard for months that SMEs will collapse in droves. A huge wave of bankruptcies is on the way. Well, I’m actually still waiting for that. How can all those entrepreneurs survive? I can put my house up for sale. But if you’ve already done it to save your business and it’s not enough what do you do then? I hear stories of people borrowing money from friends, family, you name it. But in the end you think: ‘is it still worth it, do I still have the strength for this? ‘
Vreugdenhil sees on the net that there are a huge number of catering companies for sale. Established catering companies and catering groups can make use of it. They do it one by one take over and start something new again. Well, they have fat on their bones and an established name. Banks have an interest in these companies because they have invested in them. This is a major problem for smaller businesses.
” This concept can simply become a worldwide success. It’s a dream for me to expand that concept. That dream remains. Despite the corona pandemic ”
“The Club Sandwich Company is simply the best idea in the world”
Why does the entrepreneur continue with his business and even put his house up for sale? “Look, I’ll never get the money I’ve put into my business back. In addition, the idea behind The Club Sandwich Company is simply the best idea in the world! Everyone just needs to know what The Club Sandwich Company is. This concept could simply be a worldwide success. It’s a dream for me to expand that concept. That dream remains. Despite the corona pandemic. “
Finally, Laura Vreugdenhil appeals to the Cabinet. What should politicians in The Hague do to help young, young entrepreneurs avoid bankruptcy so they can continue to build on their entrepreneurial dream? You hear the answer Entrepreneur Radio Live† Below you can hear and watch the entire broadcast, including co-host Hans Scheffer (HelloPrint) and catering entrepreneur Ron Blaauw. Laura Vreugdenhil speaks around 1:35:00.
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