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A time for innovation?

At a time where there is much uncertainty and difficult decisions being made, we will be seeking stories of innovation and where businesses have diversified. If you have changed your business during the epidemic and based in Stockport we want to hear from you here from you.

New Social Distancing tags aid construction industry

New lightweight social distancing tags which can be clipped to a belt, lanyard or hard hat are being used on site by a leading highways firm. The tags sound an audible warning when workers get too close and also vibrate and set off a flashing light.
They are part of a complete package of covid-19 safety solutions offered by start-up business www.keep2m.co.uk. Maintenance specialist Highway Care is one of the first firms to use the social distance tags on site.
Read more from Construction Enquirer  HERE 

New website launches to support local businesses

The SearchFresh concept has been born following recent circumstances where the need to shop and support local businesses  has become more important than ever. 
Through the website businesses throughout the UK can sell their products to customers in their local area, where people can shop online and have the goods delivered to their doorsteps or click and collect.  It’s time to keep our high street alive online! searchfresh.co.uk offers a no commitment professional webpage for local businesses to sell their products online. There are no set up fees, no contract of monthly registration fee. 

New app helps avoid lockdown supermarket crowds

A new mobile app allows users to avoid long queues caused by social distancing rules at supermarkets by showing how crowded their local supermarket is in real time. 

Crowdless, developed by Oxford University PhD student Alex Barnes, uses anonymised location data to map how crowded supermarkets are, so you can check before leaving the house how long you can expect to wait before doing your essential shopping, and avoid large crowds. The app is based on software developed to help humanitarian aid workers in conflict zones to avoid trouble and get around safely. Now it is being used to help people stay safe, and save time, during the coronavirus pandemic.

New innovative business set up by dog groomer 

The coronavirus lockdown has devastated the holiday business and had an impact on many more businesses such as boarding kennels and the dog grooming business.

One young budding entrepreneur has seen the opportunity to diversify and has launched a new business – Canine Candy.  Canine Candy offer homemade dog cakes and lots of other tasty homemade treats for your furry best friends. Birthdays, Christmas and  special occasion hampers. 

See the Facebook page for more information

Chess Stars School switch to online academy

Pre-Covid-19, Chess Stars Academy ran over 20 school Chess clubs, the England Junior training programme and organised the world’s largest junior chess competition ‘The Delancey UK Chess Challenge’. School classes closed forcing a change of business model to go online.  The Chess Stars Academy are offering FREE online chess every weekday at 5.30pm and weekends at 3.30pm on their twitch channel https://www.twitch.tv/chessstarsacademy/; an online chess club and matches including the UK Chess Challenge where they compete against other children their age across the UK! Gift Vouchers are available for anyone that wants to buy a birthday or special treat to encourage this fantastic game. Find out more at Marketing Stockport and on YouTube