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11 Positive Local Business Stories of the Week

We’re now a few weeks deeper into what we all hope will be the last lockdown. With non-essential businesses shuttered for the foreseeable future and many of life’s small joys kiboshed until spring, we all need reasons to be cheerful. 

Luckily, the perseverance and adaptability in the face of adversity shown by the UK’s business community never disappoints. We’ve compiled some stories we’ve read this week which have given us confidence that things really will get better soon, and which will hopefully inspire you.

1. Edinburgh Woollen Mill: Lifeline for jobs after firm accepts rescue offer

High street clothing chain Edinburgh Woollen Mill (EWM), which also owns Peacocks and Jaeger, has accepted a rescue offer which could mean hundreds of high street jobs will be saved.

Edinburgh Evening News

2. Looking to a brighter future – the new developments coming to Sheffield in 2021

Covid-19 changed everything in 2020, but it didn’t stop developers unveiling ambitious plans for the city.

The Star

3. Sustainable supermarket prepares to open new Worthing store

A Brighton-based sustainable supermarket is preparing to open its first store in Worthing town centre.

Worthing Herald

4. How a £130m retail revamp could transform Wigan town centre and benefit the borough

Wigan town centre will be totally transformed over the next five years if the council’s £130m redevelopment of the Galleries shopping centre goes to plan.

Wigan Today

5. Car retailer opens new £1 million site in Milton Keynes creating 15 new local jobs

Cazoo, a major UK online car retailer opened a new customer centre in Newport Pagnell after investing over £1 million developing the site.

MK Citizen

6. Hundreds of jobs to be created on major commercial property scheme in Yorkshire

Hundreds of jobs are to be created on a major commercial property scheme in Yorkshire.

The Yorkshire Post

7. Here are 18 Edinburgh businesses still trading that need your support during lockdown

These businesses need your support more now than ever before.

Edinburgh Evening News

8. Inspirational Pudsey mum opens brand new large shop after transforming home business

A Pudsey mum who transformed her business from her own home to a thriving shop has opened a new large premises in the town centre.

Yorkshire Evening Post

9. Chesterfield model joins reality star Lauren Goodger to launch area’s newest clothing brand

Chesterfield model Charles Drury has joined reality TV stars Lauren Goodger and Marty McKenna to promote a new clothing brand from Mansfield which launches later this month.

Derbyshire Times

10. ‘Thank you Skegness’ – fish shop says it with chips

Things have just got batter for communities in the Skegness area struggling through the latest lockdown.

Skegness Standard

10. Joy and relief as Barnoldswick Rolls-Royce site is saved

Anxious workers at Barnoldswick’s Rolls-Royce factory have breathed a huge sigh of relief after it was confirmed that a deal had been struck to save the 350 jobs at the historic site after months of cuts and uncertainty.

Burnley Express

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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