Support our local businesses during lockdown

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Support our local businesses during lockdown

The next four weeks will see many  of the local shops and services we love having to stop trading. But not all Central Bedfordshire businesses are shutting down during lockdown.

With the help of technology to develop click and collect shopping and by switching from in house to take away services, many Central Bedfordshire businesses are doing all they can to keep their customers satisfied.

Here are three good examples

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. 

Another enterprising pub is the White Swan on Dunstable’s High Street.  Says its manager Corinne: “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!”

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Councillor 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 on line 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” he added.

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