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New directory aims to connect Preston and South Ribble businesses with people in self-isolation

Posted on - 28th March, 2020 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Business, Health, Penwortham, Politics, Preston News
Councillor Will Adams
Councillor Will Adams has created the directory to help businesses and residents

A new online directory is aiming to connect businesses who have adapted their models due to coronavirus with people who are self-isolating.

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The website – helppenwortham.com – was set up by councillor for Middleforth, Will Adams, and covers Preston and South Ribble.

Will, who grew up in Middleforth, said: “As a resident and local councillor in Penwortham I know how important local business is to residents and our local economy.

“South Ribble Council officers and I started contacting businesses locally to see if they were still offering a service and how they were adapting in line with government advice. It was great to hear that most were operating either a delivery or collection service.

“I then wanted to compile a list of these businesses through a website which would allow all residents, particularly the vulnerable, to access key traders or services locally.”

Peter Booth Opticians Pic: Google Maps
Peter Booth Opticians is among the businesses trying to adapt

The list Will has put together features businesses such as Avacab, who will pick up and drop off any orders, DnM Bargains who are delivering tinned goods, and Badger Alarms and Security Systems who are available to secure premises during the lockdown.

Will believes this time of adversity is a chance for local businesses to show their true value.

Read more: Independent Preston retailers adapting to coronavirus closures

“It has been amazing to see the whole community come together to support each other, particularly the vulnerable residents.

“I hope the #HelpPenwortham website will make this difficult time a little easier for residents and allow local business to continue to thrive through these unprecedented times.”

Any businesses interested in being added to the directory should complete the form on the website.

Read more: Warning to beware of coronavirus-related scams

Will you be using the directory? Let us know in the comments.

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