When will it end...

Updated: Dec 10, 2020

Will we ever see an end to the restrictions? Whatever is in store for us, in true British style we will make the best of a bad situation.


As we progress rapidly through the year, the pandemic brought us more heartache with a month on lockdown throughout November, but we must remain hopeful that there is light at the end of the tunnel!



Your support to our local businesses through this 'new normal' will be vital for their survival. Connecting with your favourite stores through social media helps you see what you can buy without leaving your house.


Find lots of your local businesses on our website www.handpickedwetherby.co.uk


Here's 4 fab ways you can support to get you started...


When you can't interact in person, shop online

Virtual doors are always wide open and you don't have to put your mask on or keep your distance online. Many of our shops have an e-commerce presence or have found a way to offer their services at the touch of a button.


Click and Collect

Lots of our businesses, especially those that are still unable to open are offering a click and collect service. A great idea to shop with ease and simply collect on your chosen day.


Get a Gift Voucher

These make great Christmas presents and a fantastic way to support your local shops and businesses. Or why not treat yourself for the good of the community?


Order a take-away

Fancy a night off from cooking? Hang up the apron and order your food to be delivered and support our local restaurants, pubs and take-away outlets.


Whether you are sharing them on social media or shopping in store, every little helps.


One thing we know for sure is that the Wetherby community is robust and the struggle we are in today is developing the strength we need for tomorrow. There is something rather wonderful in the knowledge that we are building a stronger tomorrow, together.


Stay safe everyone


More about our founder


It’s been Jo's ambition to help give small local businesses a higher profile. So many people are time poor that grabbing a computer is sometimes the only choice they have.

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Her 'business support' journey started with #wetherbyhour on Twitter back in 2013 and then #harrogatehour in 2018. Both regular hour-long, online networking session that supports and brings local businesses together expanding into live meetups shortly after.

Jo launched her 'Business Membership' Handpicked Local subscription service in 2015 and this allowed her to bring the high street to the i-street - From seeing what you sell, where you are based or even to purchase, digital technology has changed the way small businesses grab the spotlight.

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Jo has received many accolades over the years including Wetherby Townsperson of the Year, Insight with a Passion Award & Stray FM Good Neighbour Local Hero Award.

In May 2019, Jo was elected to become a Councillor for Wetherby Town Council. A role she is completely honored to fulfill.



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