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Chamber CEO urges support for local retail on reopening

Pubs, restaurants, gyms and non-essential shops are among the businesses that were allowed to reopen yesterday, in a major step of easing lockdown measures.

Doncaster Chamber Chief Executive Dan Fell said, “The reopening of businesses is a long-awaited relief for many business owners whose doors have been closed for months. They have heavily invested in and been busy making preparations to make sure their sites are Covid-safe.

“Although a full return to the old normal still seems a long way off, the return to the high street will at least allow our local businesses the chance to start getting back on their feet.

“We can support them in the best way possible by giving them as much custom as we all can. If you can buy it locally rather than from a distant warehouse online you are helping rebuild Doncaster’s economy.
“Doncaster Council have made supporting small, local businesses accessible through the ShopAppy website and we encourage businesses and shoppers to explore it as an option.”

Supporting local business online

Doncaster Council is enabling independent shops and businesses across the borough to join the local shopping and business website, is free for local shops and businesses to join for the next 12 months. Once registered, businesses can quickly populate their own mini-site with goods and services on their own page at no cost – businesses are now being invited to register on Assistance is provided by the team to help those new to technology. provides a bespoke, online shop window and ordering service. Founder Dr Jackie Mulligan, said, “We’re very excited to be working across the whole of Doncaster and partnering with the council on the launch of here. It could not be a more critical time for businesses to work together and make it easier for locals to spend closer to home. When we spend local, our spend stays local – so whether you use ShopAppy to browse and go in person or to book something or shop online, you can easily help your area – because where you spend matters for local jobs and local businesses.”

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