'Buy local' website is connecting essential businesses with people who need their services in North Yorkshire
More than a hundred businesses and tradespeople have signed up to a new website which connects them with customers during lockdown.
North Yorkshire Buy Local was last week launched by North Yorkshire County Council for firms which can continue to provide their essential goods and services.
Businesses have registered in a range of categories, including food suppliers, retail, property services, transport, professional services and accommodation for key workers.
Council leader Carl Les said: “This is an extremely difficult time for businesses, as it is for those of us who are in self-isolation or staying at home to help to slow the spread of covid-19.
“Across the county, we have businesses that can offer vital services and people in need of those services. As businesses register on our Buy Local website it will help to bring these two together by making it easy for businesses to tell people where they are and what they offer and by giving customers a single place to check what is available to them locally.
“I urge all eligible traders and businesses to register on the site as soon as possible to help us to create a comprehensive one-stop shop for North Yorkshire residents.”
The council said information received from businesses will be assessed for suitability for the site within 24 hours.
Tradespeople permitted to work under covid-19 restrictions include: plumbers; electricians; builders; handymen; and gardeners.
Businesses that can trade include: supermarkets and other food shops; medical services, such as dental surgeries, opticians and audiology clinics, physiotherapy clinics, chiropody and podiatry clinics and other professional vocational medical services; pharmacies and chemists; petrol stations; bicycle shops; hardware shops and equipment, plant and tool hire; veterinary surgeries and pet shops; agricultural supplies shops; corner shops and newsagents; off-licenses and licensed shops selling alcohol; laundrettes and dry cleaners; post offices; vehicle rental services; taxis; car garages and MoT services; car parks; high street banks, building societies, short-term loan providers and credit unions; and storage and distribution facilities.
Anyone who can provide services that support these essential functions can register at www.northyorks.gov.uk/buy-local
By Jacob Webster, Local Democracy Reporter
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