A virtual high street for Sidmouth?

How to transform a town.

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Sidmouth High Street with bunting and flags

The Sidmouth Nub News has been doing its bit to help high street businesses:

Covid-19: LIVE list of Sidmouth shops and businesses operating during second lockdown | sidmouth.nub.news

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And many businesses are themselves doing their bit to promote themselves online:

Winstone’s Bookshop takes on Amazon | Sidmouth Herald

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In fact, there’s a new online buying and delivery system to help such businesses, especially in these times:

Shop online, shop local and get your shopping delivered – Vision Group for Sidmouth

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But could Sidmouth do more?

This is called a ‘virtual high street’.

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The Guardian looks at the phenomenon:

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Online Black Friday will be a stiff test for the virtual high street

… but a ‘seismic’ shift in Covid shopping habits will mean a cold Christmas for the actual high street

The virtual high street has already gone into overdrive: online sales are up 58% in the second week of November compared with the same period last year, according to internet industry body IMRG.

Online Black Friday will be a stiff test for the virtual high street | Retail industry | The Guardian

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And the Mail carries a video:

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Video: Business owners transform Lancashire town into virtual high street | Daily Mail Online

Colne’s Virtual High Street, Free Delivery Service and Click & Collect hub launches in a ‘bid’ to support Colne High Street this Christmas. – Colne Bid

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And many other places are doing it, to name but a few:

York Virtual High Street | Facebook

Virtual Highstreet | sudbury-council

Virtual High Street – East Sheen Village

Studley Virtual High Street | Enjoyably Studley

   
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