Shop local and support local businessesJuly 14, 2020
Advice from Breckland Council
Breckland Council has extended its Shop with Confidence campaign in the town to offer help to restaurants, pubs, cafes, hairdressers and others able to resume trading from 4th July.
Sam Chapman-Allen, Leader of Breckland Council, said: “Over the past weeks it has been good to see our market towns starting to come to life again and helping our hairdressers, bars, cafes and restaurants to open up in a safe manner as quickly as possible will encourage more people in.”
Businesses have been advised of support and grants available to help them. This includes help with licensing applications, online training and advice on documentation and checklists that businesses need to open up again. Extra outside seating is being made available with traders able to borrow seating directly from councils in some instances.
For customers and shoppers, hand sanitising stations and social distancing signage has been introduced. In some places there is extra seating, and new planters and bike racks. With more people out and about, street cleaning schedules are also being enhanced to ensure towns remain clean and vibrant.
Dereham Town Council says support local businesses
Meanwhile, Dereham’s Mayor, Councillor Linda Monument has suggested we could change our shopping times.
She said: “Research carried out by Breckland Council before the lockdown indicated that peak footfall in the town occurred between 10.30am and 2pm daily.”
“If some people were able to organise their shopping trips to avoid the peak times, shoppers could socially distance and feel more comfortable, while the traders would have more customers and the whole town would benefit.“
The aboutDereham Partnership supports the local economy
The aboutDereham Partnership provides a website which organisations in Dereham can use to promote themselves and what they offer both to residents and to visitors. You can see how businesses can make a fantastic web page here: https://aboutdereham.org/business-directory/
We have also put a promotional leaflet about the town in tourist information centres across East Anglia.
Chairman Mike Webb says, “We welcome the start of a retail forum in the town and we will work with them to promote local business and encourage people to shop locally. Let’s make sure we support businesses in Dereham, small and large, which give employment opportunities to our young people and keep the town active, vibrant and thriving.”