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9 Positive Local Business Stories of the Week

As the country limps into 2021 with a third national lockdown, and non-essential businesses close their doors again, it’s easy for business owners and entrepreneurs to feel gloomy. 

But we need to remember that we’re in the last stretch now. With vaccines being rolled out en masse, we can all look to the light at the end of the tunnel. 

And perhaps even more importantly, we need to remember that businesses have weathered the storm impressively. Even against the grim backdrop of the pandemic, there are still so many stories from Britain’s business landscape of innovation, investment and tenacity that should inspire us all for 2021. We’ve compiled a few of the most recent below. 

1. New Leeds restaurant launches Indian takeaway pizza boxes as lockdown forces it to shut 12 days after opening

A restaurant in Leeds which was forced to close after just 12 days of trading has launched a sharing bundle of Indian food – served in 12″ pizza boxes. 

Yorkshire Evening Post

2. Blackpool hotelier opens up his doors to the world with the UK’s first digital nomad hotel

Blackpool could be the place to come in England for the world’s digital nomads, after a hotelier chose the resort for his latest venture.

Blackpool Gazette 

3. 10 new hospitality businesses Sunderland welcomed in 2020 – despite the tough climate

2020 is a year we’re all glad to see the back of, with local businesses hit incredibly hard by the pandemic. But there are still reasons to be cheerful. 

Sunderland Echo

4. Hundreds of jobs set to be created on former site of Kellingley Colliery in Yorkshire

Jobs will soon be created on the site of a Yorkshire colliery which was once the largest deep mine in Europe.

The Yorkshire Post

5. Couple from Brighouse celebrate award win for B&B

A couple from Brighouse are celebrating after their Bed and Breakfast in Blackpool was announced as a Travel & Hospitality Award Winner for 2021.

Halifax Courier 

6. Dramatic aerial pictures show Virgin Hotel Edinburgh development

The building of Sir Richard’s first hotel in the UK has been caught on camera in some dramatic drone footage.

Edinburgh Evening News

7. Peterborough’s TV Apprentice winner launches new venture

BBC Apprentice winner Joseph Valente is looking to recruit scores of staff as he expands his new Peterborough business.

Peterborough Telegraph

8. Sheffield hydrogen specialist opens ‘world’s largest’ electrolyser factory

A Sheffield hydrogen equipment company has launched what it says is the biggest electrolyser factory in the world.

The Star

9. Brothers plan business expansion in Burnley with big acquisition

Brothers and local businessmen, Neil and David Clemson have acquired the commercial storage business K2 Storage Solutions as they look to expand their business.

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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