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Local businesses: We’re all in this together

by Gemma Melling

“We are all in this together!”

– that’s the message from local businesses in Knowsley who despite financial challenges as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak are stepping up to change their usual way of working to better support the communities in which they exist.

Far from just looking at their own challenges they are also working hard to provide access to food and other goods for those who may be self-isolating or social distancing as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak.

From launching gift card schemes to generate valuable income upfront for their businesses to launching takeaway and delivery services, taking orders by phone and even acting as a hub for donations for those most in need.

Across Knowsley’s town centres there is a real sense of community spirit and despite recognition that the coming weeks and months will be tough – especially for those in the retail and leisure trade – businesses are determined to not be beaten and to help out others in the community wherever they can. Proving just how important local businesses are within communities.

Businesses are adapting to cope with new and challenging conditions

Louise Gillespie of Jessie and Co said: “There are definitely challenging times ahead for the retail sector so it is important that we adapt our business to meet the new needs of our customers.

“At Jessie and Co we’re now offering free delivery for online and telephone orders and are upscaling our social media activity to put our product range in front of our customers. We are keen to support the wider business community too and have been regularly sharing posts and updates from our neighbours; we are all in this together and need to support each other during this difficult time.”

Martin Langan of Rogues and Rascals barbershop said: “There are a lot of elderly people in Huyton and Prescot who haven’t had chance to stock up on essentials so we are opening up Rogues&Rascals barbershop as a drop off point for toilet roll, tinned food, pasta and other essentials.

“Myself and the rest of our barbers will drop off these supplies to the most vulnerable in our communities. We need to look after each other over the next few weeks and remember we are all in this together.”

If you or your business are doing something to help your community please let us know! You can email towncentremanager@knowsley.gov.uk.

Keep supporting our local businesses

Small businesses are an important lifeblood to the local economy and a valuable part of the community at large. Did you know that for every £1 spent in a local business 63p stays within the local economy?

Gift cards are the perfect way to support your local independent business community. By giving the business the money now you support the local business in the toughest of times, and then you or the recipient can enjoy redeeming it in the future. The following businesses are offering gift cards or voucher schemes.

  • Jessie and Co
  • Down in Albion
  • Urbano Chiringuito
  • Aphrodite Hair and Beauty
  • Girls on Top
  • The Dance Shop
  • Honeycomb
  • The Hair Shack
  • HK Beauty
  • All about hair (Prescot Watch Factory)
  • GCH Photography
  • Renaissance
  • Natural and Gorgeous

If your business offers a gift card scheme that is not listed, please contact us on towncentremanager@knowsley.gov.uk and we will add you to the list and help promote your card.