Family businesses are welcome winners in the pandemic

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Family businesses are welcome winners in the pandemic

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Pilita Clark

When Covid-19 started tearing through Britain last year, Richard Balson was ready for it.

His family’s butcher business in the Dorset town of Bridport dates back to 1515 and has been through plague before, along with fire, flood, recession and the Napoleonic wars. 

“This Covid disease is just another obstacle we’re overcoming,” Balson told me recently, when I called in to his modest shop to see how it was faring. ..

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