Guides to signpost the public to businesses still operating through online, click and collect and takeaway services created by Basingstoke Together.
Another national lockdown was not the start that anyone wanted for 2021. Especially not for businesses owners whose trade was crippled throughout 2020. Now faced with weeks of closures many are looking to the future with even greater concern for the survival of their businesses. However, despite having to close their doors to the public, many businesses are continuing to operate through online, click and collect and takeaway services.
This includes a number of Basingstoke’s small and independent businesses whose path online was forged by the need to trade during the November lockdown. As Basingstoke was propelled through the tier system and the nation finally landing in a lockdown, businesses have been forced to quickly pivot their plans for the New Year, turning once again to alternative ways of trading. Basingstoke Together, the town’s business improvement district, have created guides to signpost the public to who is open and how the public can reach them.
One of the guides, for eating locally, leads the readers through a host of culinary businesses that call Basingstoke Town Centre home. We are lucky to have such a plethora of cuisine from around the world and the guide aims to cater for all palates or for those looking to try something new. The other guide for shopping includes businesses who are still open for click and collect, as well as those who are still trading through their websites and social media. It also includes a look at some of the businesses currently shut that people can support through the purchase of gift vouchers.
Jane Stewart, Chief Executive of Basingstoke Together, said “Like everyone, we at Basingstoke Together have spent the past few days processing and reacting to the latest national restrictions. We know there is a great desire from the public to support small and local businesses during what is a very distressing time for them. We want to sign-post the public to these businesses and make it easy for them to buy from and support them. We appreciate everyone’s circumstance are different but, for those who can, we want them to treat themselves to a takeaway or buy that piece of jewellery, gadget, game or spa gift voucher. It’s a small treat for you but for businesses it means everything. We know that with the current vaccination plan there is finally a light at the end of the tunnel and better days are coming, but if we want these Basingstoke businesses to make it through with us we need to support them now.
As the restrictions undoubtedly evolve the guides will be updated to reflect who is open and how the public can best support them.