Play your part – support local businesses during lockdown

Many of the local shops and services we love will have to stop trading during the next few weeks.  Some will remain open.

Using 'click and collect' many businesses in the area are doing all they can to keep their customers satisfied. Here are three good examples:

Manager Corinne, at The White Swan on Dunstable’s High Street, “We did a take-away and delivery service during the last lockdown which worked pretty well so we are just going to build on that.  We are lucky in that we are really active on Facebook and Instagram where we have about 3,000 followers so hopefully a few of them will look up our menus.  I’m delighted to say we are definitely doing a Sunday roast as a take-away which we know will be popular and we are also going to do a ‘Cheer You Up’ package so watch this space!”

The Loft in Northbridge Street, Shefford is one such example where manager Hannah is already looking forward to the challenge. She said, “We will certainly be giving our take-away service a go and see what happens.  We are lucky in that we have a really good local client base who are keen to support us. All our menus are on our Facebook page but my recommendation is for our special of a lovely home made sandwich, slice of cake and a cold drink”.

The Kings Reach Pub in Pottons Road, Biggleswade is  planning a brand new take-away service. Its assistant manager Iona, said:, “We are just starting with Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays as they are the busiest days so we will be offering a whole host of traditional food from fish and chips to burgers.  All our menus will be on our website.  So far we have had loads of enquiries from our regulars so hopefully that will be a good starting point.  

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Cllr Kevin Collins, the Council’s Executive Member for Planning and Regeneration, said, “Everyone can help support our local economy. Whilst our access to non-essential businesses is going to be restricted for the next month, there are ways we can help our local independent companies through the pandemic.  We may not be able to head out to pubs and restaurants this weekend, but we can see if they are offering take-aways.  We could also get ahead with the Christmas shopping by checking out whether local gift shops are offering an online service. 

“These local companies are at the heart of our local towns and villages and to keep it that way we just need to use them rather than lose them.”

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