How Norwich is coming together to fight COVID-19

As anyone living or working in the Norwich area will know, this part of the country has an incredibly strong community spirit. Businesses and individuals have long pulled together in times of hardship, and the current COVID-19 pandemic is no different. 

Over recent weeks, a number of companies and organisations have thrown their weight behind the fight against coronavirus. This has helped Norwich and the surrounding area cope with the pandemic and made life easier for people living in the city. 

Andre Serruys

One of the first businesspeople to provide their support was Andre Serruys who offered the NHS the use of his large Lenwade office block. The building measures over 10,000sqft and has been finished to a high standard. In fact, MAAC recently installed high quality air conditioning throughout the building, ensuring that any doctors, nurses or frontline staff that use the space will be comfortable during their stay.

Serruys hopes the space, which otherwise would have been a commercial let, can be used to help support local NHS services. The versatile building may be used to house doctors and nurses, as a storage space or as an area for patients. By offering the office block instead of letting it out commercially, Serruys is doing his bit to fight the disease and help the local community. 

Quadram Institute

The Quadram Institute, located in Norwich, has been placed right at the heart of the country’s fight against COVID-19. The Institute has been asked to be part of the Genome Sequence Alliance, a group of organisations tasked with finding an effective treatment for the disease. The Institute is located in the Norwich Research Park and is one of the most respected science hubs in the country.

Independent retailers

Norwich is famous for the quality and variety of its independent retailers. From bookshops to cafés and greengrocers to florists, the city is home to some of the quirkiest and most innovative businesses in the country. Many of these businesses have found ways to adapt during the pandemic. This has allowed them to continue to operate and serve the community during lockdown.

Bread Source, one of the region’s favourite bakeries, has launched an initiative to help the region’s most vulnerable access fresh bread. The Greengrocers, on Earlham Road, and Mike, Debs and Son’s Fruit and Veg are both offering home deliveries to customers spending over £20, and Little Shop of Vegans on St Benedict’s Street is offering delivery within 5 miles of the shop for less than £3.

If you’re fed up of being at home and want to pretend you’re on a night out, put your glad rags on and order pizza and a beer from the Redwell Brewery in Trowse on Friday or Saturday. You can stock your quarantine bar even further by ordering an isolation pack from Norwich-based distillery St Giles Gin.

Find out more about the businesses helping the fight against COVID-19, and learn more about the services we offer, by exploring our site today.

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