Clair is onboard

Clair is onboard

Rugby First is delighted to welcome Clair Saxon as a new Rugby First Board Member. At a recent meeting Board meeting Clair’s nomination was proposed and seconded unanimously by the Board. As co-owner of zero waste store Rugby Unwrapped, Clair has been running a business in Rugby for just over a year and is looking forward to making a difference to improving the town centre’s prosperity and environment.

SHOP LOCAL WITH SHOPAPPY

SHOP LOCAL WITH SHOPAPPY

Rugby Borough Council is funding a new ShopAppy service to support shopkeepers impacted by the new lockdown restrictions. The scheme provides an online store-front for businesses who are unable to provide online shopping basket and payment services, allowing them to list items for collection or delivery during this crucial pre-Christmas shopping period. Retailers can register their interest by emailing info@shopappy.com.

Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday

The Small Business Saturday campaign will be featuring Rugby for the very first time on Thursday 12 November.

This is part of a month long marketing campaign, kicking off on 2nd November with daily ‘virtual visits’, meeting small businesses and communities in over thirty locations across the UK and beaming them out via their social channels in the run up to Small Business Saturday on 5 December.

Tour 2020 is supported by BT and will offer an ambitious, vibrant and intensive programme of locally targeted online advice, workshops and mentoring, including:

  • Free virtual mentoring advice on a range of topics, from digital marketing, to time and money management. 
  • Live interviews with local businesses, experts, dignitaries and supporters streamed via Small Business Saturday’s Facebook page
  • Fun-filled daily ‘Happy Hour’ giveaway broadcast
  • Interactive workshops with local business experts.
Just Desserts

Just Desserts

Welcome to Rugby Vintage Gelato who have opened on Church Street. Bringing a huge range of rainbow-coloured sundaes, American and Belgian style waffles, sweet crepes and pancakes, cookie dough dessert, cakes and of course gelato to the town.

With sixteen different gelato flavours, including pistachio, Nutella and Oreo, the dessert parlour also serves eight different milkshake flavours and – just what we need in this Autumnal weather – nine different blends of hot chocolate.

In the frame

In the frame

As well as extending their opening hours, Anna Lorimer Art and Framing has introduced a new range of blank greeting cards for all occasions, showcasing her beautiful prints of places and scenes from across the globe. Available now for just £2.95 each.  Anna Lorimer is your go-to place for a framing service for all types of artwork, including posters, prints, embroideries, textiles, memorabilia, sporting shirts and watercolours. All artwork is handled with great care and only conservation grade materials are used.

Rugby’s first co-working space

Rugby’s first co-working space

Work has started on transforming Chestnut House on North Street into Rugby’s first co-working space.

Bloom.Space offers more than just a desk and high speed WiFi. Members have access to a wide range of expertise, mentorship and our network of 100+ alumni. Bloom.Space Rugby will be a bright, safe, well kitted-out space of individual work stations and private meeting rooms, in a flexible environment to meet businesses and freelancer needs.