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‘I can’t get the smile off my face’: UK nurseries hope for boost

After three tough months in strict lockdown, businesses can finally see some light at the end of the tunnel as restrictions gradually begin to ease today. With the “stay at home” message being lifted, many traders are rolling up their sleeves to welcome more customers and get back to some relative normality.

The first minister this week announced that people will no longer have to stay at home as much, and will now be allowed to travel freely within their local area – for leisure and to do some shopping. 

Boost for local trading
A more significant easing will come on Monday, when hairdressers and barbers, garden centers, and non-essential click and collect will be able to get back in business.

Simon Fraser, the managing director of Ben Reid Garden Centre in Aberdeen, is among those who will be spending the weekend getting a colorful array of plants ready to go on sale next week.

Derek Ritchie, the chairman of the We Are Inverurie business improvement district group, said this will play a vital part in reviving local town centers to their former glory.

He added: “Businesses in Inverurie are really looking forward to it and they can’t wait to get open and welcome more customers.

“Obviously there is a little bit of nervousness whether people will come out straight away after so many months of hard restrictions, but there’s been a real trend towards shopping local and supporting local businesses, so I have the feeling that people will take that opportunity to go out and about.

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