Getting the UK online – town by town
The onset of the coronavirus pandemic sent shockwaves through the business world, as the way we've traded for millennia ground to a sudden halt. As doors closed, so did businesses, and small towns and small businesses were hit the worst.
At a time when the company owners and conurbations felt cut adrift, online business communities began to spring up across the United Kingdom in an attempt to weather the crisis.
One of the most prominent of these is Totally Locally, set up a decade ago as a grass-roots initiative to digitise towns. We talk to its founder, Chris Sands, about how important this kind of community is in pandemic Britain, and what SMEs should be doing to survive in 2021.