A Belfast city centre nightclub owner has made a direct appeal to Stormont ministers for help to save his business after being left with "nowhere else to turn".
Back in January, Patrick Fegan (33) took sole possession of Fourteen Night Club on Tomb Street.
After investing £50,000 for the lease, dipping into his own savings and accepting a small loan from a friend, Patrick was ready for the challenge ahead.
Now with just £200 left in his bank account and having been unable to qualify for any government supports, he has penned an open letter to the Executive to highlight his struggle.
"When the chance came up to own Fourteen earlier this year, I went for it. After three weeks of trading, I had paid back the loan and the future was exciting, then Covid-19 hit and my dream was put on pause," Patrick explained.
Forced to close, dispose of stock and pay booking fees for DJs, Patrick says the experience to date has "just been horrible".
"I have absolutely no income as I didn't qualify for anything, not even furlough for the 18 staff.
"My accountant had applied for a PAYE reference number which is standard practice for setting up a new business.
"This was held up by closed departments during lockdown so I didn't receive it in time and after nine weeks of trying to get it sorted, the guy on the HMRC helpline simply told me it was 'bad timing'.
"The government hospitality grant was a fantastic idea but I didn't receive it as the rates on our property fell above the £51,000 grant cap and currently is sitting at £77,000 per annum.
"The rates relief scheme gave us breathing space but not enough to get trading."
Patrick added: "I'm left stranded with no help, no support and in a nutshell left lost in terms of where to go forward.
"I've a family to feed, a house to heat, a business that should be reopened and a dream to pursue.
"The MLAs are always telling us that they will invest in young business owners and look after home-grown talent in business.
"While I don't doubt this, I feel forgotten."
A spokesperson for Economy Minister Diane Dodds said she will continue working with industry to help businesses through the toughest part of the crisis by supporting them to reopen and trade when safe to do so.
"The minister has set up the Tourism Recovery Steering Group and launched the Economic Advisory Group to bring together Northern Ireland's industry leaders to drive forward the recovery for all," he added.
"The Department has led in paying out over £320m in support grants to over 30,000 businesses across Northern Ireland as part of a wide range of support measures introduced by the Executive and UK Government.
"The minister will continue to work with Executive colleagues and the national government to support business owners, families and communities deal with the impact of Covid-19."