THE Gazette & Herald is backing businesses across York and North Yorkshire as they face this challenging and unprecedented time.

Newsquest, the publisher of the Gazette & Herald and its sister paper The Press, wants to show its support to the communities we serve by launching a new campaign – Supporting Local Businesses.

As part of this campaign we are offering free adverts in our titles to all independent and family-owned businesses across all sectors, including retail, hospitality and leisure.

We hope this will help spread the word about their services to as many customers as possible, and encourage our loyal readership to show their support where possible.

Newsquest York and LOCALiQ

are best placed to lead on this campaign which will feature in our print and online products as we reach a huge percentage of the local population.

The campaign has already won the support of the Shepherd Group, Portakabin, Barnitts, Langleys, PAPI, Drax and City of York Council who have joined the Gazette & Herald, as commercial partners.

Derek Carter, CEO of Portakabin, said: “The Shepherd Building Group has been part of this local community since 1890 – we know our local businesses, they’re where our employees buy goods and services and where their families and friends work. Today, Portakabin is part of the bustling York economy and in challenging times such as these, it’s important we use our position to support those most in need.”

Family-run Barnitts which was established in 1896 is another commercial partner for The Press Supporting Local Businesses campaign in a bid to boost independent operators in York and North Yorkshire.

To discuss becoming a commercial partner, email Advertising Director, Jane Hanson at

To take advantage of the free advertisement offer contact Nicola Haigh on