Shaping Portsmouth are leading a new Portsmouth City Council project to help high street businesses to operate safely and profitably and to help residents return confidently.
The project will particularly target SME businesses in Fratton, North End, Albert Road and Southsea shopping areas. Shaping Portsmouth will be working closely with businesses and associations in these areas to find out what support is needed and to come up with creative ways to trade safely and profitably. They will also be co-ordinating virtual trader association meetings.
The project is part of the council's commitment to support the recovery of the local economy as restrictions are eased. A 'Go Shop, Go Eat, Go Safe, Go Local' campaign was launched recently to encourage residents to support local businesses.
It is being funded from the Re-opening High Streets Safely Fund, which is funded by the European Regional Development Fund.
Cllr Steve Pitt, the council's Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Economic Development, said: "As part of our commitment to support the local economy, we have asked Shaping Portsmouth to work closely with businesses in some of our key areas to look at how they could do things differently and together for mutual benefit.
"This could include sharing a delivery service, making collective use of any available outdoor space such as parklets and looking at digital solutions - particularly to help our more vulnerable residents to continue to use their favourite local shops."
Stef Nienaltowski, Chair of both Shaping Portsmouth and the new Shaping Portsmouth's Future Together group, said: "I am delighted to be working with the council and businesses on this vital project. Our retail sector is a significant generator of jobs and income for the city and it is vital that we get people using them positively and safely and using the experience of the recent times to bring new technologies and methods to our local shopping experience.
Find out more at www.portsmouth.gov.uk/gosafegolocal
Shaping Portsmouth invites hospitality venues to take part in a free 'Contactless Menu' app pilot
We are inviting you and your business to join the Contactless Menu pilot scheme commencing 27th July 2020.
Contactless Menu is a new app which has been developed by local software developers. It enables customers to use a traffic light system to quickly see which venues have spaces or are busy, book a table, order from the menu and pay all through their mobile phone.
We are working with Portsmouth City Council to pilot the scheme in 40 pubs, bars, restaurants, cafes or pop-up venues across the city - especially in Fratton, North End, Albert Road and Southsea Shopping areas.
There is no cost to participate in the pilot and you will be fully supported and provided with the handheld terminal needed. If you want to continue with the scheme after the pilot you will get to keep the handheld free of charge and simply pay a small commission on orders.
We look forward to working with you on this new and exciting app.