Help Gainsborough businesses bounce back as lockdown restrictions are lifted

It’s been a long year for retailers but on Monday, April 12, they were able to finally re-open their doors and welcome back their customers.

So now is the time to show them your support and help them bounce back from the coronavirus pandemic and become stronger than ever.

During the lockdown Gainsborough businesses have been busy making sure their premises are safe for customers to visit and they all can't wait to see everyone again.

Alyissa Stone from Dillypickles in Ropery Road, said: “We relocated our shop from Cornwall last year and managed to open just before lockdown but had to close again shortly after.

Now is the time to support the high street shops in Gainsborough

"We have used this time to update all of our stock displays and do those jiggly DIY jobs that always need doing.

"We are grateful in that we decided to offer a store collection service which has gone surprising well and helped keep us afloat. There seems to be a lovely sense of community here and we can’t wait to get trading again.”

Paige Troop from One Stop Cake Shop in Church Street, said: “At One Stop Cake Shop we make celebration cakes and balloons, so as you can imagine, the last year has been extremely difficult for us, with people feeling like they haven’t had much to celebrate and all functions/weddings postponed.

"Without the constant support of our lovely customers, this year would have been unimaginable.

"We are looking forward to opening again in a Covid safe environment, with our sanitising station, allowing limited number of people into the shop at once and offering contactless payment.

"We hope our customers feel as safe and excited for our return as we do and we can’t wait to help everyone celebrate their special occasions again.”

Lou Young, from Mackenzies Cards in Silver Street, said: “The past year has been very difficult for independent shops, but we are really pleased to be finally re-open again.

"We look forward to seeing all of our customers and friends who have supported us over the years.

"During lockdown we have introduced several new lines of cards and gifts which we are sure customers will enjoy.”

Coun Rick Craig said: “As a town councillor for South West Ward, for a number of years, and a town centre business owner I really do appreciate that we have found ourselves facing challenges to the economy that we've never experienced before.

"All small businesses and town centre shops have struggled and need the support of the whole community in order to recover from this crisis and get back on their feet.”

Coun Trevor Young said: “The past year has been very challenging for small local businesses especially in Gainsborough.

"We need people to shop local, enjoy our pubs and cafes but also keep safe and respect others.”

Simon Beardsley, chief executive of the Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “The past year has been an incredibly tough time for our retailers and businesses as a whole, with the stop, start and long shutdowns and now it really is great to see all non-essential retailers and the High Street opening back up.

“Retailers are at the heart of our County and I’d urge people to continue to shop local to support our community and local economy, contributing to a more affluent future for our area.

“We have seen lots of investment from businesses and retailers putting new measures in place to ensure the safety of their customers and staff and as we see the restrictions lifted we would urge the public to not get complacent at this time and ensure the Covid-19 safety measures continue to be followed.”