The coronavirus pandemic has presented unprecedented challenges for the local high streets of Fylde, and we are asking you to remember to shop, buy, and trade locally where possible.

Most high street shops have remained closed during the pandemic except for those supplying essential items such as food and medicine. As the economy now begins to rebuild itself, please look locally and help our high streets and our local economy get back on its feet.

The Fylde borough has a vast range of local traders offering everything from locally sourced food and handmade garments as well as local tradesmen, independent cafes, artists and furniture makers.

A list of all the independent traders in Fylde can be found here. If you are a business owner and wish to be added to the list you can request to do so following the same link.

An extensive guide has been published by the government which explains how businesses in each of the sectors can operate in the safest way possible when they re-open. Fylde Council will also be supporting those businesses set to re-open in the borough by providing help and guidance on how they can operate whilst complying with social distancing measures. Ensuring their customers can shop safely and their employees remain safe whilst getting back to work is imperative to continuing to drive down the number of coronavirus cases in the UK.

Councillor Karen Buckley, acting Leader of Fylde Council said: ““Let’s support our local businesses as they re-open in the coming weeks.  The pandemic has had a devastating effect on our lives in terms of health but also in terms of our livelihoods. As we take steps towards a new ‘normal’ I hope we will re-discover our local shops and local businesses as a first port of call.

We are exploring measures to make our public spaces and streets safer, whether that be with temporary pedestrianisation or cycle lanes and there’s been a lot of interest expressed to me for both.  I welcome the Government’s announcement for extra funding and look forward to securing some of this for Fylde.”