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11th May 2020

Local Business Heroes of the Week

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As part of our #supportlocal campaign, JPIMedia’s local news titles are highlighting businesses from up and down the country that are responding to these uncertain times with creativity, generosity and courage. 

Local businesses are integral to the communities they serve, and we’re committed to supporting them with our marketing solutions. But given these exceptional circumstances, we want to shine a spotlight on those businesses that are going above and beyond to do themselves and their communities proud. 

Here is a round-up of the local businesses that have caught our attention this week. We hope you’ll find what they’re doing inspiring. 

1. Kelham Island Gardens, Sheffield

The Star, Sheffield

A much-loved Sheffield pub is trialling a take-out service to keep its staff on 100 per cent wages

2. The Hair Pavilion, Northampton

Northampton Chronicle & Echo

Northampton hair salon doing its best to keep customers and staff happy during coronavirus lockdown

3. Butlin's, Bognor Regis

Chichester Express

Butlin's housing homeless people, vulnerable families and paramedics in Bognor Regis

4. Brooklyn Bakery, Northampton

Northampton Chronicle & Echo

Northampton father son baking duo whip up 1,000 brownies a day to keep up with UK's lockdown chocolate craving

5. Whitby's, South Yorkshire

Doncaster Free Press

Popular fish and chip takeaway Whitby's set to re-open in Rotherham and Doncaster

6. The Anchor Inn, Sidlesham

Chichester Observer

Village pub sold to new owners - 'We’re determined to make this very successful'

7. Gardner's Bakery, Northampton

Northampton Chronicle & Echo

Fifth generation Northampton family bakery celebrates turning 110 years old during lockdown

8. Hair Dr, Dewsbury

Dewsbury Reporer

Dewsbury hair clinic cut above rest after saving man from 'nightmare'

9. Abbeydale Brewery, Sheffield

The Star, Sheffield

Sheffield brewery reinvents itself online after lockdown killed 95 per cent of business

If you know of any businesses that have done great things to serve their community during the Coronavirus outbreak, or if you think that your own business’s efforts would be worth hearing about, please contact group commercial content editor Mark Waldron at

For advice on how you can help your business make it through the months ahead, please see our Coronavirus recommendation page here.

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