Weston businesses react to second lockdown and move online

9:07am - 11 November 2020

As non-essential organisations have closed their doors for the second time, small businesses in Weston have moved online to stay competitive during the pandemic.  

More than thirty central Weston businesses have started to offer online, click and collect and delivery options including retail and hospitality, with many turning digital in the last week.

In addition to individual businesses offering online shopping options, other North Somerset towns have introduced local, digital shopping platforms:

  • Nailsea has developed its own online store for local retailers: weareNailsea.co.uk
  • Clevedon has a fantastic collection of traders from its Sunday Market: theClevedonCollective 
  • Weston has a new online store in development and is looking for local retailers to join: shoplocalwsm
  • In addition, North Somerset council has launched Made in North Somerset, a platform for food, drink, arts or crafts: madeinnorthsomerset

Cllr Mark Canniford, Executive Member for Business, Economy and Employment at North Somerset Council, said: “Businesses have been forced to change their pace of business incredibly quickly, meeting their customer base online. Even before the second lockdown, more people have been ordering their purchases online using a click and collect and delivery service.” 

As the market changes, so must we. The council is working closely with external partners who are launching online platforms for local retailers. We’ll continue to support businesses to increase their digital presence and help them through this challenging time.”

Sam Walker, owner of Weston’s family-run department store, Walker and Ling, said: “We’ve traded on Weston high street for nearly 120 years, and now we are trading online too. You have to keep moving to survive in business, and hopefully this will be the start of a fantastic new phase of our relationship with our customers across Weston and North Somerset.”

Some essential shops in the Sovereign Centre will continue to trade including Holland and Barrett, Savers, Grape Tree, Parsons, Wilkinson’s and Burger King (takeaway).