Let’s get Barnsley back in business

It’s the news everyone has been waiting for…our high streets and non-essential retail can reopen from Monday 12 April!

Following what has been a long winter and even longer lockdown, we can now look forward to a little bit of normality, and that starts with the reopening of our amazing high streets and businesses across the borough and the town centre.

Now that our businesses are reopening, they need you to play your part – so come and support your local businesses from Monday 12 April and celebrate the return of our fantastic high streets.

We’ve launched the ‘Let’s get Barnsley back in business’ campaign to let everyone know that it’s time to get back out there (safely) and boost our local economy. Let’s get Barnsley back in business!

You will see the campaign all across the borough – on bus shelters, digital billboards and digital ad vans. Also listen out for radio adverts and check your social media. This is about helping everyone across the borough to enjoy our many high streets – including our six Principal Towns; Wombwell, Goldthorpe, Hoyland, Royston, Cudworth and Penistone, the many wonderful villages we have, and of course Barnsley town centre too.

You can also enjoy videos featuring the owners of our fantastic independent businesses from across the borough, sharing with you all the measures they have put in place so that you and your friends can enjoy a safe and positive experience with them. You can see these soon on the Love Barnsley Town Centre social media channels.

Local businesses have been working hard to ensure they have the right plans in place and encourage people to follow the Hands, Face, Space guidelines so that everyone can get back to enjoying their high streets safely.

Businesses from all sectors across the borough are really looking forward to welcoming everyone back and are feeling excited about getting back to business.

Sarah Hunter from Kingston Jewellers located in the Victorian Arcade said: “I can’t tell you how excited I am, it’s like when you get butterflies before you go on holiday, that’s exactly how we feel about getting back to work.

“I’m most looking forward to seeing people, having a chat and the human connection, I love my work and have really missed it– we’re celebrating 40 years this year!

“We have received fantastic support from the council. When we shut the shop, we had no money coming in, so the grants really did help, and the furlough scheme has been a great help too.

“Throughout the lockdown we have kept in touch with other shop owners too and that’s been a great support network for everyone – the arcade is a really friendly place.

“The shop is ready; we have safety measures in place including screens and face coverings and we only let one person in at a time – we’re ready to welcome people back and we can’t wait.”

Barnsley Council has supported business owners throughout the borough to trade safely throughout lockdown, advising essential and non-essential businesses owners on running ‘Covid Secure’ workplaces.

Luke Birkinshaw from Gifted UK located in the Indoor Market said: “The support we have received has been great with no stumbling blocks. The grant payments have come through quickly which has been a great help.

“We are really looking forward to seeing all our customers and the other traders again and getting back to doing what we do best. We’re definitely ready to get back and hopeful that this time we can keep going.”

Council officers have been on the borough’s high streets, encouraging our communities to ‘shop local and shop safely,’ distributing face coverings and hand sanitiser and reminding everyone to do their bit to keep Barnsley safe.

COVID marshals who began their roles in November 2020, are on hand to advise and support members of the public and businesses, manage queues, support social distancing in crowded areas and encourage everyone to follow the guidelines in place.

As we head towards reopening, the council is supporting the recovery by distributing grants and offering free access to initiatives to help boost business, such as the Barnsley Gift Card, the MiRewards customer loyalty scheme, the Yoello table service platform, and ShopAppy.

Many businesses have been amazing, continuing to provide a service to their customers by keeping   their essential shops and takeaway services open throughout lockdown. But now you have the chance to rediscover your local high streets and town centre, so come on - play your part and let’s get Barnsley back in business!

For more information, visit barnsley.gov.uk/back-in-business

*Thanks to the Reopening High Streets Safely Fund, part of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) which has supported this campaign

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