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Welcome to York virtual High Street, and welcome to our blog.

This website has been designed to provide a central, one stop shop for people to buy from retailers in York, especially now that COVID19 has had such a disastrous effect on footfall. It is run by a group of keen volunteers - all local business people and entrepreneurs themselves - in the hope that is helps our city centre and high streets to get through this crisis, but also helps to complement the retailers' income in the future, diverting spending away from Amazon and into the tills of local businesses!

We estimate that around £12m was spent on Amazon from the City of York area alone last year. If we can change some of the consumer behaviour and encourage people to spend locally, we could make a real difference.

We do have a Go Fund Me page if you would like to donate to help cover the costs of the project, which includes the website development, hosting, software subscriptions, marketing etc, then please do! If you want to support our site, and the retailers, but you don't yet know what to buy then we also have a general gift card available to buy now and spend in the site at a later date.

Also, if you have some spare time and skills you can offer to help with the project, we would love to hear from you. Of course, everyone can help by just sharing our Facebook posts, signing up to the newsletter and forwarding those emails onto friends, etc. No super skills needs there, just enthusiasm to help us spread the word.

We hope you are keeping safe and well in this troubling time.

All the best

Rebecca & The YHS Team!