Hounslow voucher scheme extended until 24 December

Community news site Chiswick Calendar reports on the extension of the voucher scheme supporting independent businesses in Hounslow. Matt Smith speaks with local business owners and authorities to find evidence of the scheme’s success. Click here to read the full story.

Hounslow £20 vouchers bring new customers to Chiswick shops

LB Hounslow’s voucher scheme launched in September has made a big difference for a range of local businesses, writes Matt Smith for the Chiswick Calendar. Click here to read the full story.

Insight into pedestrianisation schemes, and the closure of East Street in Taunton

Pedestrianisation has sparked a debate in Somerset. Jess Chaffey’s report on Taunton also looks at the success and failures of similar schemes elsewhere in the UK. Click here to read the full story.

How Woodside Ferry markets saved local businesses during Covid

Wirral Chamber of Commerce took on several measures to support independent businesses during the pandemic. A new outdoor market for independent businesses opened in July 2021 as part of the efforts to build a new community of traders in Wirral, Rebecca McGrath writes for the Wirral Global. Click here to read the full story.

How Bradford’s pubs survived the Covid-19 pandemic

Bradford’s pubs have bucked the national trend during the Covid-19 pandemic thanks to ingenuity and loyal customers, writes David Jagger for Telegraph & Argus. Click here to read the full story.

Isle of Wight rental crisis helped by Citizens Advice teams

Citizens Advice teams in Isle of Wight are helping residents navigate through issues in housing, reports Lori Little for the County Press. Click here to read the full story.

The Chiswick restaurants coping with staff shortages

The Chiswick Calendar’s Matt Smith’s report on local restaurant staff shortages looks at the reasons behind the problem and analyses some of the potential solutions. Click here to read the full story.

Rochester businesses accepting cash again and say high street would be ‘devastated’ if society went contactless

Kent Online reporter Laoise Gallagher investigates business owners’ attitudes towards going cashless. Click here to read the full story.

‘SWAP’ scheme takes on York hospitality job crisis

The Press reporter Mike Laycock reports on a new Jobcentre scheme helping York’s hospitality industry to tackle serious staff shortages in the wake of the pandemic. Click here to read the full story.

Afghan refugees in Kent invited to apply for care home staff vacancies as industry reaches crisis point

A youth charity boss turned to Afghan refugees to fill vital positions at care centres in Kent, writes Laoise Gallagher for Kent Online. The move is hoped to help refugees to settle more quickly and feel part of the community. Click here to read the full story.

Hebridean firms learning to adapt to life after the pandemic

Businesses have been hit hard by the pandemic, but owners are finding ways to adapt, Kirsteen Paterson reports for the National. Click here to read the full story.

Art in town centres could help bring visitors back to Somerset high streets

High streets across the UK lost more than 17,500 shops in 2020. Somerset County Gazette reporter Jess Chaffey writes about local art projects looking to attract new visitors. Click here to read the full story.

Will working from home lead to long-term changes in our lives?

Working from home has become a new norm for Scots during the pandemic, but what will this shift mean for workers’ welfare and productivity? The National’s Kirsteen Paterson hears from three people how their mental health, productivity and family life have improved. Click here to read the full story.

£20 COVID vouchers… which shops you can use them in?

LB Hounslow Council distributed vouchers for residents to spend on local businesses. Matt Smith of the Chiswick Calendar looked at how the council hoped the scheme would help in business recovery. Click here to read the full story.

Image: Maxwell Hamilton / Hounslow High Street CC BY 2.0

Could ‘experiences’ be the answer to Basingstoke’s empty retail units? 

Gazette’s Catriona Aitken reports on the attempts to entice customers back to shopping centres. Click here to read the full story.

Courses to entice people into Isle of Wight hospitality industry

Quick-fire course into the profession aims to tackle the shortage of qualified staff members on the Isle of Wight. Lori Little has the story for the Isle of Wight County Press. Click here to read the full story.

Cornwall sea waste turned into sunglasses by Newquay seal fundraiser

A social enterprise from Cornwall has launched a fundraiser that is turning sea waste into sunglasses, writes Ryan Morwood for The Packet. Click here to read the full story.

Plans revealed to tackle hospitality jobs crisis in York

The York authorities proposed several ways to help tackle the shortage of staff in York’s hospitality industry, writes Mike Laycock for The York Press in an investigation into the sector’s recruitment problems. Click here to read the full story.

Bands stay on track despite Covid thanks to MAS records scheme

Music mentoring scheme helping young artists has come up with new ways to keep the scheme going during lockdown. Bev Holder reports for the Stourbridge News. Click here to read the full story.

Penarth’s Stol Coffee is success during pandemic

The number of people starting their own businesses between the start of 2021 and the end of March surpassed 2,300 a day. One of these was Penarth’s Stol Coffee. In an interview with Elizabeth Birt of Penarth Times, owner Peter why explains why he wanted to launch a new business. Click here to read the full story.

Risca and Blackwood businesses on starting during pandemic

New businesses launched during the pandemic have faced their unique set of challenges and opportunities. Elizabeth Birt interviews three new entrepreneurs for the South Wales Argus. Click here to read the full story.

Winchester high street bucks the trend as shops survive, but how?

Sophie Day investigates the reasons behind Winchester high street’s success during the pandemic for the Hampshire Chronicles. Click here to read the full story.

SW London shopping centres add ‘experiences’ to combat Covid

Monica Charsley investigates how businesses in South-West London are trying to bring in customers after being severely hit by lockdowns. Click here to read the full story.

Stourbridge craft beer shop pulls in ale fans despite Covid

Local couple managed to successfully launch a business during the pandemic, adapting their services to suit the changed circumstances, Bev Holder writes for Stourbridge News. Click here to read the full story.

Hertfordshire council staff retraining as waste drivers

Council office workers are being retrained to work as waste lorry drivers, as councils are desperate amid staff shortages, writes Joseph Reaidi for the Watford Observer. Click here to read the full story.

How Bradford’s rep as a film and TV hub could lead city’s Covid recovery

Telegraph & Argus journalist David Jagger reports on the various ways film and TV industry’s return could help Bradford recover from the pandemic. Click here to read the full story.

Wight Gift Card helping local businesses emerge from the pandemic

Isle of Wight businesses are emerging from the Covid lockdowns thanks to a solution to help keep spending local and recover the damaged economy. Lori Little reports on the impact of the local gift card for Isle of Wight County Press. Click here to read the full story.

£50m Merry Hill plan to create top shopping and leisure venue

Bev Holder reports on plans to improve a local shopping centre for Stourbridge News. Click here to read the full story.

Have Glasgow’s high streets been saved by Covid masks?

Hamish Morrison reports on the impact mask-wearing has had on the high street footfall. Click here to read the full story.

Glasgow filming: Why Hollywood crews are increasingly choosing to shoot in the city

Hamish Morrison reports on what makes Glasgow and appealing location for TV and film productions. Click here to read the full story.

Would a tourist tax help or hurt Wales’ Covid-hit economy?

Nicholas Thomas of the National looks at arguments for and against tourist tax in Wales, comparing it to other countries that tax their visitors. Click here to read the full story.

How SW London used pedestrianisation for Covid recovery

Sutton & Croydon Guardian reporter Monica Charsley investigates the impact and limitations of pedestrianisation schemes in South West London. Click here to read the full story.

‘Bradford’s time is coming despite setbacks of Covid’

Telegraph and Argus journalist Felicity Macnamara reports on the impact of the pandemic on Bradford high street. Click here to read the full story.

Charter for Isle of Wight hospitality industry amid staffing crisis

Lori Little of Isle of Wight County Press reports on the shortage of hospitality staff. The employment charter make hospitality sector more appealing to workers and ensure employers commit to providing a considerate workplace. Click here to read the full story.

Isle of Wight hospitality staff shortages blamed on Covid and Brexit

Isle of Wight County Press journalist Lori Little reports on the measures local authorities are implementing to address the shortage of skilled hospitality workers. Click here to read the full story.

Inside the cancelled Brighton Marina Euro 2020 Big Screen

Jody Doherty-Cove of The Argus visits a local big screen broadcast. Click here to read the full story.

How Festival Place is using art to entice people back

Shopping centre turned its empty units into gallery spaces to entice people back to the high street, reports Catriona Aitken for Basingstoke Gazette. Click here to read the full story.

Glasgow city centre retail dominance ‘over’ says regen boss

Diversification and ‘experiences’ will be key to the recovery of Glasgow city centre, writes The Herald reporter Caroline Wilson. Click here to read the full story.