BOXED Red Marketing marketing agency in Knutsford has created a virtual Knutsford High Street - knutsfordhighstreet.com - in partnership with Knutsford Town Council and the community.

The website is an online catalogue of all the local businesses still providing their services to keep the town and community spirit alive during the coronavirus pandemic.

Built with the community at the forefront, the virtual high street is not only an invaluable source of the most up-to-date information on local businesses in the area, but has been designed to be easily accessible and inclusive to all, especially those who are more vulnerable and need services such as home delivery and door drop.

The website already features information on the services and delivery options of 66 local businesses in and around Knutsford, including fresh, locally grown fruit and veg, independent restaurants delivering food and drink, and several independent retail boutiques. New businesses are being added every day.

Janna Caley, owner of Boxed Red Marketing, said the innovative idea came to her when she found her family were unaware of the businesses which were staying open and still providing services.

Having grown up and lived in Knutsford, she wanted to use this information to help residents and business navigate these unfamiliar circumstances.

Sandra Curties, town centre and marketing officer for Knutsford Town Council, said: “When Boxed Red contacted us to work alongside us (without charge) to produce this website we knew it was something we had to do.

“We’ve been working closely with all businesses during these difficult times and to be able to offer a website that both supports businesses and puts in ‘one place’ what is on offer for residents is an excellent idea.”

The website was launched over the bank holiday weekend to encourage the community to stay at home despite the good weather and support local businesses where they can.

It has proved a hit, attracting more than 2,000 visits over the bank holiday weekend alone, with most visits going to the food and drink section as people enjoyed the bank holiday weather staying at home.