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A new campaign to encourage residents to shop safe, shop local has been launched in Hitchin, Letchworth, Baldock and Royston as the second national lockdown ends.

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More than 10,000 jobs are said to be at risk as brands such as Topshop, Dorothy Perkins, Burton face an uncertain future as the Arcadia retail group collapsed overnight.

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A young, entrepreneurial couple behind a successful Hitchin catering service have collaborated with a host of other Hertfordshire businesses to release a new product.

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UK Government Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced extra measures to support workers and businesses throughout winter, including a furlough scheme extension paying 80 per cent of staff wages.

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Covid-19 could cause up to 100,000 job losses across Hertfordshire, councillors were told this week.

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The revised dates for the German-style Christmas Market that will spread some Christmas cheer in Hitchin this year have been revealed.

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Hitchin’s town centre manager has called on the government to protect the nation’s independent shops during lockdown 2.0.

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When the second lockdown comes into play on Thursday, homeworking will be very much back on the agenda. David Parfrey, chief executive of Norwich Research Park, says if this is to become the norm, we need to focus on the people as much as the technology.

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We’re collating a list of the Stevenage, Hitchin and Letchworth businesses which will be offering online, delivery or click and collect options this winter.

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A multi-million pound bid for investment in a number of key projects within Stevenage has been submitted to the government.

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Independent retailers are relying on Christmas sales to survive as pandemic pressures threaten to put them out of business.

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This week we’ve been reviewing Hitchin-based @Bambuu’s new purposeful product range, featuring everything from toothbrushes to tote bags.

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The Comet is launching its Shop Local campaign to encourage people to support their local independent businesses in the run up to Christmas.

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A Hitchin business owner has spoken about the importance of the town’s supportive customers and the challenge of opening a new store in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

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