Richmondshire businesses urged to sign up to Buy Local website

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Businesses in Richmondshire are being praised for following the lockdown rules and urged to sign up to the county council’s new Buy Local website.

The website – www.northyorks.gov.uk/buylocal – was developed by North Yorkshire County Council last year.

More than 850 businesses have signed up to the site so far.

Customers to the site can search for a wide range of goods and services which can be provided by businesses offering Covid-safe local collection or delivery.

County council leader Cllr Carl Les said, “We encourage all eligible traders and businesses to register with Buy Local to help us to create a comprehensive one-stop shop for residents, so that people are still able to shop locally during the pandemic.

“There has probably never been a more important time to support the local economy.”

Louise Wallace, North Yorkshire’s director of public health, added: “We know how difficult this lockdown is for our local businesses and we are grateful to all who have continued to trade in a Covid-secure way.

“Although the Covid infection rate in the county is falling, it is still very high compared to what it was in the summer and we cannot afford to be complacent. Covid-safe trading is vitally important.”

One Richmondshire business, striving to provide a Covid-safe service to their community is The Home Farmer, based in Aysgarth.

Run by brothers Ben and Adam Spence, and Ben’s wife Sam, they sell fresh milk in reusable glass bottles from a travelling milk vending machine, as well as Old Roan Wensleydale cheese, made in small batches by hand on their dairy farm.

Sam said: “The milk machine trailer is moving around Wensleydale on its usual timetable, weather permitting! We’re providing hand sanitiser and ask people to follow social distancing rules when using the machine. The dispenser steam cleans after every fill.

“A number of the venues we supply are closed. This affects the whole supply chain and wipes out a big part of our income.

“We’re very grateful to our loyal trailer customers in the villages, and thank them for their support.”

If you own a business, register on www.northyorks.gov.uk/buylocal.

It’s quick, easy and free to set up. If you know someone who owns a business, tell them about Buy Local.