The BBC News visited Wolverhampton builders’ merchants Carvers Building Supplies yesterday as part of a report into how the West Midlands economy is coping post-lockdown.
Managing director Henry Carver was interviewed by BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg and told her how the firm’s 300 staff had been furloughed for three weeks, but that most were all back working now.
“We have faced recessions and we know we come out of them. We take a long-term view and we try to keep as many people a possible,” Carver said. “But we’ve never faced a pandemic before and I’m not sure how quickly we will come back to the normal level. They have spent so much money, what the hell is going to happen in the future?”