Aberdeen agency creates directory of local firms open during pandemic

An online platform has been launched to provide an at-a-glance overview of Aberdeen companies open for business in the Covid-19 pandemic.

Dunclyde’s Eilidh Dunsire and Daniel Clydesdale. Picture: Dunclyde.
Dunclyde’s Eilidh Dunsire and Daniel Clydesdale. Picture: Dunclyde.

Local design agency Dunclyde has developed the Open Sign directory for free as a community resource for firms in Aberdeen and the surrounding area. More than 150 businesses have already added their details – and more are being encouraged to do so.

Dunclyde director Daniel Clydesdale said: “We recognised these are extraordinarily difficult times for businesses of all sizes and wanted to put our expertise to use in support of them. The website has been designed to represent a single hub of up-to-date information on which businesses are still operational, as well as how – and where – they are providing products and services to customers.

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“Given how fast things have changed in recent weeks, we felt it would be useful to create an all-in-one-place directory that provides easy and immediate access to such information.”

Categories on Open Sign include food services, business services, retail, DIY and trades, health and beauty and vehicle services.

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Eilidh Dunsire, fellow Dunclyde director and Clydesdale’s fiancee, said: “We would encourage any businesses that are able to continue working through the pandemic to take advantage of the opportunity. Not only could it help them through this challenging period, but it’ll also help give the public a more comprehensive view of the range of services they can still safely access.

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“More widely, we hope it serves as an opportunity to encourage people to support locally-based businesses and therefore promote the concept of ‘think local’ in the longer term.”

Dunclyde provides strategy-led brand and web design services to north-east and UK clients. It has also worked on a series of projects in the US.

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