Olivier Vergnault

By Olivier Vergnault

Newquay traders have once again moved online and keep their business alive during the second national lockown.

Some are offering doorstep deliveries, while others are only allowed to offer contactless collections or trade online, Newquay’s business community did not take long to go back into lockdown mode.

Newquay Business Improvement District  said traders in the seaside resort have once again shown resilience, innovation and adaptability in the face of adversity.

Many businesses on Newquay high street are operating as take away, click and collect and online businesses during the second lockdown (Image: Newquay BID) 

Carla Jones, Newquay BID manager, said: “The announcement and implementation of a second national lockdown was naturally a devastating blow, there is no denying that.

“We want to stress to businesses that we are all in this together and are here to support wherever and whenever possible.

“The ways in which Newquay businesses responded to the first lockdown was truly remarkable and if we can echo some of that this time around, we remain optimistic that we will get through this.

“We are really proud to be part of such a vibrant, resilient network and we are constantly amazed at the creativity, innovation and spirit continually demonstrated.”

Some of the food and drink businesses who plan to remain open in some capacity include café, Coffee on the Corner which is operating as a takeout service and is even launching a lockdown special.

Cornwall’s only French patisserie, ChouKette Newquay is returning to its delivery service every Tuesday and Saturday while the Cornish Bakery on Bank Street will remain open between 8am and 3pm from Monday to Sunday selling a limited menu in addition to its new pasties by post service.

Even women’s motorbike brand Ride and Defy is now showcasing its wears online with a click and collect service and free deliveries locally.

Many businesses on Newquay high street such as chocolaterie Choukette are operating as takeaways, click and collect and online businesses during the second lockdown (Image: Newquay BID) 

Gillan Pope of Ride and Defy said: “Like many others we have been hit by the second lockdown and it is a worrying time.

“However, we are trying to think as innovatively as possible to deliver a boutique experience whilst the doors are shut.

“Our ethos is to provide a welcoming environment for women who have a passion for motorbikes and fashion, to browse, relax and shop whilst enjoying a coffee, craft beer or cocktail.

“We are under the same roof and work closely with Project Eighty-Three, who specialise in men’s protective gear and together we are normally on hand to deliver expert advice on our technical garments that deliver protection for riders. We are currently trying to put things in place to deliver this virtually.”

Carla added: “There has never been a more apt time to shop local and even if you cannot physically visit local shops, there are other ways in which you can support local; whether it is ordering a takeaway or simply liking and sharing posts on social media with friends and family.”

Newquay BID is currently in its renewal process and is hopeful for a third-year term, during which it will play a pivotal role in Newquay’s economic recovery. BID-levy-paying businesses have 28 days to submit their ‘yes’ or ‘no’ vote.

The postal ballot will close on December 10 at 5pm with the result being announced on December 11. If the vote is successful, the third term of Newquay BID will commence on April 1, 2021.

Newquay BID’s business plan is available to view in full via Newquay BID’s website at: https://www.newquaybid.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Newquay-BID-Third-Term-Business-Plan-2021-2026.pdf.

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