Bedford businesses ask public not to turn their back on town during coronavirus crisis

BedfordBID is urging people to use shops' website and to order online if they are worried

Wednesday, 18th March 2020, 11:30 am

Despite the Government advice - suggesting people should avoid social contact and stay away from pubs, restaurants and theatres - BedfordBID is appealing for your help.

"This is such a fast-moving scenario that we cannot predict what might happen next. But one thing we do know, independents and mainstream names need customer loyalty now more than ever,” said a spokesman for the volunteer board of the BedfordBID, which represents more than 500 businesses,

“Naturally, we want people to follow the Government’s advice and stay safe, but taking sensible precautions means you can continue to back businesses in Bedford.

Michael R Peters

“Don’t forget many of our businesses offer online ordering so find them on our website www.lovebedford.co.uk and take a look at how you can support town centre businesses from home if you can’t get into town.”

The businesses which are offering online services include:

*Michael R Peters

*Dreamwear

Michael Bailey

*Harrison and Simmonds

*Close Encounters

Meanwhile, Michael Bailey is doing 'face time' fashion shows for customers who cannot travel to the store.

And Fleurette Florists is asking people to ring in orders as they are still busy for Mother’s Day on March 22.

Many of the scores of restaurants in the town centre already deliver - but some are now going that extra mile: Mamma Concetta in Harpur Street is ramping up its existing delivery service with special offers for regular customers; and Gallone’s in the Edwardian Arcade is offering ice cream deliveries now.