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28th July 2020

13 stories that show the resilience of UK local businesses #SupportLocal

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With almost every sector of the economy now reopened, we’re hoping that the second half of 2020 will turn out much better than the first. As champions of local life, we’re delighted to see Britain’s march back to normality continuing safely and at pace. 

Our news titles up and down the UK are standing right behind the businesses that keep their communities flourishing. Our journalists have been shining a light on local economies with our #SupportLocal campaign, and we’re continually astonished by the sheer tenacity and innovation shown by businesses adjusting to a strange and troubled time. We’ve rounded up a few of those features here. 

1. Sheffield firm ditches the office to work from home - and it's the best thing they've done

A Sheffield tech firm has ditched the office - with all staff working from home permanently - and the boss says it’s the best thing they’ve ever done.

2. New ice-cream boutique Nugelato opens in NI town after online petition

After an online petition by an avid fan, Nugelato have set up a new ice-cream boutique in Portadown creating 12 new jobs.

3. These are 10 of the best restaurants in Preston according to TripAdvisor and Food Standards Agency ratings

Earlier this month restaurants were given the green light to reopen across England for the first time since the start of lockdown. Here are Preston’s top choices. 

4. These are the 10 best Indian takeaways in Sheffield according to Tripadvisor

Takeaway outlets did a roaring trade during lockdown, but there’s no reason for people to stop treating themselves to the feast of their choice now restrictions have eased.

5. Former Chorley schoolboy launches new cruise line with high ambitions

A former Chorley schoolboy has launched a new cruise line - aiming to be the country's leading distributor of luxury cruises in the UK by 2025.

6. Wigan teenager develops app to help businesses reduce Covid-19 risk

A teenager has developed a new app which could minimise the Covid-19 risk for Wigan businesses and their customers.

7. Check out these amazing creations by Hartlepool's own Cake King Josh Newton

Feast your eyes on these fantastic cake creations that look too good to eat.

8. New Cumbernauld eatery is already a hit with customers

A new eatery opened in Cumbernauld town centre earlier this month and is already proving to be a big hit with hungry customers.

9. New Portsmouth owner's renovation of restaurant to be part of new TV series

A much-loved village restaurant is getting a new lease of life thanks to a new owner – and you will be able to watch it on TV.

10. Former Verrecchia ice-cream salesman opens up new Italian deli in Portsmouth

An Italian who worked for a famous ice-cream company in the city has opened a deli bringing all the country's flavours to shoppers.

11. Beautiful barn wedding venue is singled out for going above and beyond for desperate couples during lockdown

A popular wedding venue in the Peterborough area has been recognised for going that “extra mile” for its couples during Covid-19.

12. All change for Wigan bar in railway arches during lockdown

Originally an Orwell-themed drinking venue, 1984 beneath Wigan North Western has been undergoing a major refurbishment.

13. These are the 10 best bars and pubs in Leeds according to Tripadvisor reviews

As lockdown measures ease, many of Leeds' favourite bars and pubs have reopened.

Britain’s local businesses never fail to wow us with their adaptability, resourcefulness and strong social conscience, and all of us here at JPIMedia have never been prouder to #SupportLocal. 

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