Andy Gatesy

“My father always said that if you cannot get through the door, climb through the window, and if the window is closed, climb down the chimney,” confides Andy. “Nobody saw the pandemic coming or the scale of the medical and economic crisis that would follow. We’re living amid unprecedented unpredictability, so it’s high time we all started thinking outside the box.”

For the manufacturing industry, the lockdown measures of the second quarter of 2020 had a major impact. “The lifting of restrictions in quarter three allowed companies to recover somewhat, but semi-lockdown towards the end of 2020 will once again have affected consumer confidence right into spring 2021,” continues Andy.

“Panic is contagious, but so is good leadership. All brands have stepped up their online presence to reach out to customers, but there’s no denying that with fewer social occasions and the wearing of masks, the beauty sector has been affected.

What’s more, beauty has a strong presence in the travel retail sector, which of course has reduced drastically. That said, we must rise up and calmly focus on what we can control, rather than what we can’t, by maintaining our passion, purpose and persistence.”

Looking ahead, Andy asserts that businesses need to play to win rather than to simply stay in the game. “Companies must continue to adapt and reinvent themselves,” he says. “At Toly, we’ve maintained strong morale, which has been vital. Now, we must not lose our ambition. We need to remain positive, focus on costs and efficiencies, and be ready to take advantage of new opportunities once the pandemic is over.”

Featured Image: Alan Carville


Sarah Zammit Cutajar

Taking some time off to recharge is vital for P. Cutajar & Co Ltd CEO Sarah Zammit Cutajar

2 September 2023
by Fabrizio Tabone

In a long career that has stretched to over 30 years at the importing and distribution company, she has constantly ...

‘More than ever it has become important to invest time in yourself’ – Johanna Marshall

24 August 2023
by Fabrizio Tabone

Despite her busy schedule, The Westin Dragonara Resort Director of Events still finds time to relax, unwind, and focus on ...

‘Motivation that comes after a long break is hard to get any other way’ – People & Skin CEO Joanna Delia

14 August 2023
by Fabrizio Tabone

For Joanna Delia, summer is all about travelling and clearing her head to ‘untangle’ issues with some business ideas.

Verdala Terraces backed by one central vision – ‘to withstand the test of time,’ says AX Group’s Denise Xuereb

11 August 2023
by Edward Bonello

She shares that the project is expected to take luxury development to a new level, while respecting the surrounding environment.

Close Bitnami banner