Boost for Stroud as chamber opens online directory of what is open and when
Stroud Chamber of Trade has launched the first edition of its Stroud Is Open Directory, aimed at helping promote trade in the town.
The online portal showcases 74 businesses in and close to Stroud, showing the date each will reopen (if not already open), their operating days and opening hours.
Easy to recognise icons show whether the business offers takeaway, local delivery, click-and-collect or ring-and-collect. It also links to each business or organisations websites and Facebook pages, to access their latest updates.
As restrictions are listed and businesses classed by the UK Government as ‘non-essential’ start to reopen, the chamber believes it is essential visitors to Stroud can plan their visits based on the businesses they wish to go to.
A statement from the chamber said: “Understandably, given the challenges the pandemic poses, not all businesses will open at once and there will be reduced hours for some whilst business builds.
“The directory serves to ensure the reader (who can download the directory to a mobile device) can make informed decisions about the best time and day to visit.
Tony Davey, chair of Stroud Chamber of Trade, said: “Some customers will continue to shield, others keeping close to self-isolating protocols too.
“In acknowledgement of this, the directory shows which businesses offer local delivery, including the Shop 'n' Drop cargo bike scheme and our own Stroud Delivers Local scheme.
“This ensures those who are staying at home can easily see the businesses that can serve them in our local community.”