Chamber’s message as town shops now re-open

Now that a number of companies in Berwick are back in business due to easing of some of the Covid-19 restrictions, the town’s Chamber of Trade is urging residents to support them and also be patient during busy times.

Wednesday, 14th April 2021, 7:11 pm
The beer garden at The Kings Arms in Berwick.
The beer garden at The Kings Arms in Berwick.

As part of the Government’s roadmap, many ‘non-essential’ shops, gyms and hairdressers re-opened on Monday and pubs and restaurants can now serve people outside.

Berwick Chamber of Trade chairman Stephen Scott said: “For those businesses able to re-open on Monday, their owners and staff have been working hard to prepare their premises for what was a crucial milestone on the easing of restrictions in England.

“On the same day, self-catering holidays were allowed to re-start, so this should help get people back into Berwick town centre quickly.

“Berwick has a great range of businesses, many of which are independent. We believe most people will be keen to return to to the town for the great personal service offered and the social interaction that we all missed, neither of which you can get shopping online.

“We all need to remember that businesses still need to operate under strict restrictions, so we ask all customers for their co-operation and patience – especially during busy times.

“We also need to hope for some good weather so that cafés, bars and restaurants can make the most of any outdoor space that they have available.”

Northumberland County Council has launched a Shop Local, Shop Northumberland campaign to help shine a light on the wide choice of independent businesses in the county.

The initiative will highlight the diversity and quality of retailers and will encourage people to discover what is on their doorstep.

To find out more about the campaign and to show your support, go to www.discoverourland.co.uk/shoplocal

Meanwhile, applications have opened for Restart Grants for Northumberland companies. This is intended to support non-essential retail, hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym businesses that have been affected by Covid-19 restrictions, although a range of criteria must be met.

It is a one-off grant and there are two different strands of support. Strand one is for non-essential retail premises and will provide grants of up to £6,000, depending on the rateable value of the premises.

Strand two is for hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym businesses and will provide a grant of up to £18,000, again depending on the rateable value of the premises.

For more information and to apply, go to www.northumberland.gov.uk/businessgrants – the closing date for applications is June 30.