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10 Positive Local Business Stories of the Week

Despite the challenges of the pandemic and country-wide lockdown, every week we uncover stories brimming with kindness, compassion, courage, and togetherness.

While we wait for normality to resume, make the day to day a little brighter with these 10 inspiring individuals and organisations who have gone the extra mile for their community.

1. Future of vacant Worthing town centre store is revealed

A charity which uses music to inspire and help youngsters has found a new home in a vacant Worthing town centre building.

Worthing Herald

2. New Farmfoods to open at Fife retail park this week

A new branch of the frozen food supermarket Farmfoods is set to open on Friday.

Fife Today

3. Local blacksmiths enjoying lockdown boom as public splash thousands on sculptures

A Ratho-based blacksmiths known for creating magnificent animal sculptures has seen orders boom during lockdown.

Edinburgh Evening News

4. Kettering DJ promises flavours will be Intense as he launches comfort food takeaway

He’s turning his passion for food into a new business for the town

Northamptonshire Telegraph

5. B&M plans new Fife store on site of former Dobbies

A former garden centre is to be demolished to make way for a new B&M store which will create 48 jobs.

Fife Today

6. New Southsea restaurant promises to be ‘more than just a curry house’ with stylish interior and Indian breakfasts

A NEW Indian restaurant is hoping to bring the style and flavours of Old India to Southsea.

The News

7. Sunderland’s only dedicated jacket potato deli The Jacket Inn helps keep hospital staff well fed in pandemic

It’s been a tough first year of business for The Jacket Inn, but the owner of Sunderland’s only dedicated jacket potato deli is determined to keep the ovens burning.

Sunderland Echo

8. Historic Yorkshire pub set to enjoy new lease of life as it gains new owners

A Yorkshire pub which dates from the 19th century is set to enjoy a new lease of life

The Yorkshire Post

9. New Middle Eastern restaurant offering takeaway during lockdown opens in Oakwood

A new Middle Eastern restaurant has opened for takeaway during lockdown in Oakwood in Leeds.

Yorkshire Evening Post

10. Why this firm has chosen to return the £130,000 it received in furlough money 

A manufacturing firm has returned all the money it received through the furlough scheme after business bounced back from an initial plunge in sales.

The Yorkshire Post

If you know of any businesses that are achieving great things, or if you think that your own business’s efforts would be worth hearing about, please contact group commercial content editor Mark Waldron at  

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