At the beginning of 2020 we would never have dreamed that the UK could have literally been shut down by a pandemic but it happened and it virtually affected every corner of the globe.
In our little bubble that was Ilkley, communities came together to help those affected both residents and businesses. In November 2020 Westbrook Agency teamed up with pals at La Stazione to launch #ILKLEYISOPEN, a natty initiative to help businesses and residents get by when the pandemic really gripped nation with harsher lockdown measures. The simple task of this site and our social media was to let people know who was open, when and where in Ilkley giving local businesses a little added help to get them through some tough months. Some six month on, things are now very different and dare we say it feels like Ilkley is getting back to some form of the normality we knew at the beginning of 2020. In our view the work of www.ilkleyisopen.co.uk is done as Ilkley is indeed pretty much open to all.
A few stats about this site over the last 6 months:
125 businesses registered
5,900+ page visits
16,330+ page interactions ie links clicked, maps viewed etc
Top reaches – Food & Drink / Shop & Gift
2500+ #ilkleyisopen hashtags used and still growing
2 Newspaper articles and several blog pieces.
Not bad for a couple of Ilkley businesses throwing a few ideas around over a coffee. We are pleased to now hand the baton over to the Ilkley BID and you will shortly be forwarded on to the superb Discover Ilkley website that is now running and supporting all BID businesses in Ilkley.