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Small businesses offered help to sell online during lockdown

Rugby Editorial 3rd Nov, 2020 Updated: 3rd Nov, 2020   0

SMALL businesses in Rugby are being offered help to provide online shopping during lockdown.

Rugby Borough Council (RBC) is inviting them to join an online video seminar on a new service which provides click-and-collect facilities to residents in the run up to Christmas.

The Shop Appy service is being funded by RBC to support shopkeepers, whose crucial pre-Christmas footfall has now been removed by new lockdown restrictions coming into effect on Thursday (November 5).

The service provides an online store-front for businesses who are unable to provide online shopping basket and payment services, allowing them to list items for collection or delivery during this crucial shopping period.

RBC growth and investment spokeswoman Coun Jill Simpson-Vince said: “With just a few days until all non-essential shops must close, but with only a few trading weeks until Christmas, now is the time for businesses to make the most of this opportunity.

“The Shop Appy service has a track record of helping small businesses to diversify and to find new customers who are unable to browse in store but want to support local businesses.

“The borough council is pleased to be funding this service, and I would encourage all independent retailers in the borough to join the seminar and find out more.”

The seminar will take place on Zoom at 6:30pm on Tuesday November 3.

Retailers with a shop in Rugby borough can visit to register their interest in the seminar. Those who cannot join the seminar can email [email protected] to express an interest in the scheme.

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