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A Sheffield coronavirus directory has been relaunched to support independent businesses and encourage everyone to shop local.

 

Created by This Is Sheffield, the directory lists local independent businesses that will ermine open during the latest Tier 3 restrictions, including hospitality and service providers.

 

 

The guide also advises customers about businesses who have adapted their services in light of this, such as offering take-out only or delivery. 

This Is Sheffield is a platform that aims to support local independent businesses by encouraging both residents and tourists to spend locally. The website has a city-wide focus but also showcases each of the city's unique communities, such as the city centre, Kelham Island, Ecclesall, Abbeydale and Castlegate. 

Matt Pinder, Co-founder of This is Sheffield, said: “Staying true to our mission to support Sheffield’s independents, we made the decision back in March to create a coronavirus directory to help when businesses needed it most. This has now had almost 46,000 views and it would be an understatement to say that we were overwhelmed by the success of this.

“The popularity of the guide has encouraged us to do a new version in light of the latest restrictions. While it’s been an incredibly challenging time for lots of people, the crisis has also shown the best of Sheffield and how we can work together to help each other and we hope that this directory will go some way to supporting businesses during this difficult time.”

Many well-loved local businesses were forced to close their doors permanently during the first lockdown, including the Devonshire Cat and The Great Gatsby. Without the support of the local community, these latest restrictions could force many others to follow suit. 

This is Sheffield also launched an online shop with a range of Sheffield related merchandise created and designed by local retailers and artists, after recognising that their profits would also be impacted with many craft fairs and markets being cancelled as a result of Coronavirus.

 

To see which local businesses are open and need your support more than ever, click here.

 

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