CITY of York Council chiefs are backing a campaign by the Gazette & Herald, which sets out to support local businesses through the coronavirus pandemic.

The aim of the Supporting Local Business campaign is to help businesses to explain how they have diversified to be able to still provide a service for those staying at home and in need.

Newsquest, publisher of the Gazette & Herald, launched the campaign to highlight how readers can continue to buy local and support the local economy, where possible.

Council leader, Cllr Keith Aspden, pictured, said: “The outbreak of coronavirus has affected residents across the city. We are living in unprecedented times and dealing with exceptional circumstances.”

“I am pleased to support the campaign; our small and independent businesses are an integral part of our city, and that is why we are acting quickly to protect all business here in York.

“As a city, we must find our resolve and do everything we can to support those who need our help the most.”

City of York Council is also one of the partners in the Gazette & Herald Supporting Local Business Campaign. The others are Portakabin/Shepherd Group, Barnitts in York, Langleys Solicitors, Drax and PAPI.

The Gazette & Herald is offering free adverts to businesses across all sectors which are complying with Government advice.

Dozens of local independent businesses have used the Gazette & Herald to spread the word about their services during the coronavirus crisis.

Many sole traders, small businesses, freelancers and family-run enterprises have had to close or diversify since the country went into lockdown to try and reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

To discuss becoming a commercial campaign partner, email Jane Hanson at

To claim your free advert, email Nicola Haigh at