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Website reveals Gloucester businesses adapting - and open

Written by: Andrew Merrell | Posted 30 April 2020 12:18

Pandemic-hit businesses in the centre of Gloucester have launched a new initiative to help ensure the shopping experience we know and love is there for everyone post-pandemic. 

With the city centre a ghost town for weeks and little or no income for cafes, shops, restaurants, pubs, hairdressers, barbers, estate agents, charity shops an organisation representing them all rallying its troops. 

Gloucester BID, the body which represents paid-up members of the city’s business improvement district, has launched a new website. 

Support Gloucester gives the Bid’s members a platform on which to list their business and for anyone wanting to find out what the city centre what each business is up to during the lockdown. 

Updates from many show a surprising number still operating, albeit after adapting to the current social distancing rules. 

Gloucester Brewery, one company featured, is letting everyone know it remains active, urging beer-lovers to visit its website to buy its range of ales "to be delivered to your door for free if you're in Gloucester". 

The Bell Walk Pharmacy "is open at The Eastgate Shopping Centre stocking a variety of health and beauty products", Cass Stephens Insurance remains open for business, Firecracker Coaching is offering free-support sessions for stress management, Hugo & Holly Day Nursery in Heathville Road is open, and offering childcare to the children of keyworkers whether or not they are already registered with us, The Gloucester Distillery is offering free delivery and free hand sanitiser with every bottle of gin bought. Ten per cent of its profits go to the NHS and Air Ambulance Trusts. 

We could go on.

“With so many businesses affected by COVID-19 and the closures necessary for all of our safety, you can help by shopping locally and supporting our local businesses that are fighting back through these times,” says the statement on the Support Gloucester website. 

“Support Gloucester is a place for us to get together, find the best way to support our favourite local businesses and initiatives and do our bit to strengthen and maintain our unique community. 

“Keep up to date with latest news, updates and information on Gloucester local businesses through our social media. 

And the site is also encouraging everyone – members or not – to give any spare money they might have so the BID can pass it on to some of those in the city working to look after some of its most vulnerable community members. Its charity partner is yet to be named. 

To visit the website click Support Gloucester.