“I’m delighted that the businesses of Kirkwall voted to keep the heart in Kirkwall with Kirkwall BID. ” Kirkwall BID Chair, Duncan McLean
Food Standards Scotland reports that “Online grocery shopping increased in value to £951 million in 2021, representing an increase of 109.4%, compared to 2019. “
1921 “‘Taking advantage of the fine weather of the forenoon, the majority of Christmas shoppers, – of which a large number were from the country districts, – had made their purchases before darkness set in; and in the earlier part of the evening the streets were almost deserted.”
M&Co weathered the lockdowns of Covid and in 2020 put in measures to protect staff and customers, delivering an excellent and safe shopping experience. It also offered 20% off for key workers.
J. Mooney was a shop at 10 Bridge Street Kirkwall
“We know there is no quick fix but unless we start now, then we won’t be able to halt the accelerated decline of recent years we’ve seen already in too many communities across Scotland.” Claire Baker MSP
There was a time when shop workers and traders had to campaign for a reduction in opening times.
Showing its confidence in the continued interest, the company has added new outdoor brand ranges from On Running, Lowa and Gore-Tex.
Orkney Fair Trade Group is inviting everyone to take up their challenge by posting videos and photos on social media, showing their favourite products and where they buy them.
“We want to find out how to diversify and grow high street activity, and are particularly keen to hear from businesses and members of the public on what makes a successful and thriving town centre.” Claire Baker MSP