Local Business Special: COVID-19 update from Robin Tuddenham, Chief Executive of the Council
Although the economic impact of COVID-19 on local businesses and the UK high street is uncertain, it is going to be substantial. Many businesses have been forced to close during the pandemic and many that have remained open have suffered a drop in custom and had to change their business models to keep operating.
It is fantastic how enterprising our local businesses are and the response of many has been both admirable and heart-warming. Now more than ever your support can really make a difference to the future sustainability of local businesses.
The newsletter below provides information about some of the local businesses that have remained up and running during the COVID-19 outbreak, allowing customers to continue getting their favourite meals delivered or visiting their markets for local produce.
Please follow guidance from reliable, trusted sources such as the Government, the NHS, Public Health England and the Council.
Halifax BID has a good list of businesses that are still operating HERE. It includes businesses that are open in the Halifax Borough Market, as well as local businesses offering online sales, telephone service and delivery.
Harveys Department Store is operating a personal shopping service – you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website and fill out their shopping form. Include your name, phone number and details of what you’d like, and they will get back to you within 48 hours to arrange payment and delivery. Deliveries are free on any order over £30.
The Old White Beare in Norwood Green is offering a collection and delivery service (within a 3 mile radius) from Wednesday to Sunday on a limited menu of pub favourites, with selected beers and wines. Please click HERE for details.
Moorside Garage, Keighley Road, Halifax is open for MOTs and vehicle servicing. See the website for details.
Keep Safe Self Storage, Bailey Hall Road, Halifax is open for storage, plus boxes, packaging and bubble wrap. See their website for details.
The Stod Fold is offering beer and burger delivery and drive-throughs Tuesday to Saturday. More details can be found on their Facebook page.
The Loom Lounge is offering a selection of hot and cold food and meat packs with delivery options available. More details can be found on their Facebook page.
You can still send gifts and flowers to loved ones and Prestige Flowers, based at Dean Clough offers a full online service.
Brighouse BID has a list of businesses that are still open on their website.
Czerwik Fine Wines & Cheeses is offering a delivery service, with orders placed on their website.
The Moorcock Inn is offering a grocery service and pizzas Thursday to Sunday. You can subscribe to find out more HERE.
Temujin Restaurant is offering a delivery service – find out more on their website.
Syhiba Restaurant is still open for takeaway and deliveries only. Visit their website for details.
Yorkshire Dama Cheese is selling its range of fine squeeky cheeses online.
Hebden Bridge is packed full of independent businesses and many are operating online and delivery options. The Visit Hebden Bridge Instagram account showcases some of these businesses.
You can also visit hebdenbridge.org/ to see if your favourite independent businesses are offering online or delivery services.
Spirals Fairtrade Eco Store now has an online shop for gifts, cards and homewares.
If you like craft ales, Drink? in Hebden Bridge is open for collection every Saturday 12-4pm with some local delivery options available. Visit their Facebook page for details.
Marsh Top Farm Shop in Oxenhope provides an order and delivery service to Hebden Bridge – see their website for details.
The Vedas is offering a limited menu available for collection or delivery, which can be viewed on their Facebook page.
To see if your favourite Todmorden shops are open take a look at the Visit Todmorden website.
HS Group Fitness now does all classes through Zoom!
HERE is the 3 Valley Vegans guide to safe, vegan-friendly eating and shopping in Calderdale.
ONLINE GROCERIES FROM LOCAL SUPPLIERS
In last week’s business ecall we linked to a list of food suppliers that are delivering locally. The list is separated into the towns and areas around the district and is updated regularly.
The markets service accommodates around 600 businesses that in turn employ in the region of 400 local residents. Our markets provide a heart and sense of place for many residents in the six towns that are lucky enough to have them. Markets contribute to the borough’s distinctiveness by providing locally sourced and produced goods.
The COVID-19 outbreak has significantly taken its toll on our markets, with 80% of businesses unable to trade. However, many have adapted to the change by rethinking both the delivery of their business and the acquisition of produce. This has really highlighted the resilience of our markets and traders during these adverse times.
Social distancing measures and additional security have been put in place and the service is grateful to its Sports colleagues, who are providing support to adequately manage these social distancing measures.
For details of market sellers that are continuing to trade during the COVID-19 pandemic, click here.
The People’s Pizzeria, Hebden Bridge is run by a local couple using a wood fired pizza stove in a red van, which is parked outside the Trades Club with a zero contact pay online system. For struggling families they also ask people to just pay what they can. If you can pay a bit more, your kindness will help others to pay less. Visit their website or Facebook page for more information.
Sharmas, the Costcutter shop in Illingworth has very quickly responded to the crisis by setting up a Facebook page to promote and share information with residents. They also quickly implemented a food delivery system for customers who can telephone to place an order. This service has been a lifeline for residents and so popular they have had to set up two phone lines to answer incoming calls. They have been crucial in organising donations for the NHS and Noah’s Ark food bank; donating Easter eggs, matching donations themselves and setting up drop off points in the shop.