An online platform has just been launched to provide an at-a-glance overview of which Aberdeen companies are open for business through the COVID-19 pandemic.
Designed both to inform people where they can access goods and services and to support businesses through these challenging times, the website has been developed by design agency Dunclyde.
The Aberdeen agency has developed the Open Sign directory for free as a community resource for firms in Aberdeen and the surrounding area.
Dunclyde director Daniel Clydesdale said: “We recognised these are extraordinarily difficult times for businesses of all sizes and wanted to put our expertise to use in support of them. The website has been designed to represent a single hub of up-to-date information on which businesses are still operational, as well as how – and where – they are providing products and services to customers. Given how fast things have changed in recent weeks, we felt it would be useful to create an all-in-one-place directory that provides easy and immediate access to such information.”
Businesses that wish to be profiled on the site can do so for free via: https://www.opensign.co.uk/. More than 150 businesses have already added their details. The website reminds everyone to comply with government Covid-19 guidelines.
Eilidh Dunsire, Dunclyde director, said: “We would encourage any businesses that are able to continue working through the pandemic to take advantage of the opportunity. Not only could it help them through this challenging period, but it’ll also help give the public a more comprehensive view of the range of services they can still safely access.
“More widely, we hope it serves as an opportunity to encourage people to support locally-based businesses and therefore promote the concept of ‘think local’ in the longer term.”
Categories on Open Sign include food services, business services, retail, DIY and trades, health and beauty and vehicle services.
Daniel and Eilidh are engaged and live together in Aberdeen. Dunclyde provides strategy-led brand and web design services to north-east and UK clients. It has also worked on a series of projects in the USA.