Earlier this month, Marston’s reported revenues of just £54m for the final three months of last year, which includes the all important Christmas period when hospitality firms traditionally earn the money they need to get through January, which is typically quiet.
However, charity shops are better prepared this time, Mr Osterley said. Take for example Stockport hospice charity, Beechwood Cancer Care. There's been a queue of customers at its Heald Green precinct. But it is only open to shoppers, not droppers, this week.