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As England prepares to enter its second lockdown on Thursday, National President Stuart Reddish said independent retailers would rise to the challenges ahead.

“It’s regrettable that we are now about to enter our second national lockdown, although it is needed to keep the country safe.

“I know that members will, once again, rise to the challenge ahead whilst putting themselves at risk to keep the nation watered and fed.

“Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, NFRN members have never stopped putting their communities first, ensuring customers have access to all the essentials that they need.  For the next four weeks and beyond, they will continue to be a very stable point of contact in such a strange and challenging time.

“As before, the NFRN will continue to support members by sharing government and supplier announcements as news breaks, through our Hardship Fund which we created to alleviate some of the financial pressures that independent retailers may be facing, through advice and help with home delivery services and through our relationship with Jisp to offer mobile marketing, shopping and payment solutions through an app. Jisp brings the best of retail technology to NFRN members across the UK and ROI free of charge.

“The NFRN is there for independent retailers in their hour of need.  We are here for you and together we can get through this.”

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