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Golden Square is back, baby!

Golden Square is back, baby!

It’s been a case of shopping in brown boxes during the last twelve months, but now it’s time to return to Golden Square Warrington for shopping, food and fun!

In spite of all the negative news about major stores closing throughout the UK, over 100 Golden Square stores, bars, restaurants and cafés open their doors again on Monday, April 12th, ready to welcome everyone back to shop safely and enjoy some much-needed retail therapy.

And the Golden Square team has been working tirelessly behind the scenes to make sure the centre is fully-compliant and in great shape for shopping.

Golden Square’s Centre Director, Ian Cox, plans to move ‘at a pace which mirrors the government roadmap’ to bring the buzz and vibrancy back to the shopping centre as soon as possible.

He added: “When we have permission to ramp things up we have already got things in place to do so.

“From April 12, our outside space will become Warrington’s biggest outdoor eating and drinking square. We will have the tables and chairs set out as a huge communal space. We’ve got the bars and restaurants and a pop-up bar ready to open and there’s room for at least 250 people to meet safely.”

“May 17 is the next benchmark where we’re looking at slowly reintroducing events.”

“We’re launching The Secret Comedy Club in May, which is going to be huge, and live music planned for the summer, including GS being the main stage for this year’s RivFest, and we’ve got a socially safe screening of the Euro football tournament, and later in the year we’re an Official Fanzone for the Rugby League World Cup.”

And Golden Square’s advantage over its shopping rivals, The Trafford Centre and Liverpool One? Ian Cox says, “It’s about enjoying more quality time. We’ve all been locked down and isolated for the last year. People are going to want to enjoy every valuable moment of their new-found freedom! So why spend time stuck in traffic jams heading to Manchester and Liverpool when you could be spending it having fun and enjoying your favourite stores, cafés and restaurants right here on your doorstep in Warrington?!”

Warrington Foodbank Information Centre

Warrington Foodbank Information Centre

Local charity, Warrington Foodbank, has opened a brand-new outlet at Golden Square Shopping Centre, providing a dedicated drop-off point where generous shoppers can donate non-perishable food items and toiletries. The information centre and donation station will open from 10am-2pm Tuesday to Saturday.

The new site will be located near Primark in Golden Square and will be run and manned by the charity. Alongside Warrington Foodbank, representatives from the Citizens Advice Bureau will also be available to speak to, offering information and guidance on such things as universal credit and debt issues.

To find out more about Warrington Foodbank and the services they offer, please click here. Please follow the Golden Square Facebook page for updates on the foodbank’s most needed items.

Meet the real faces of business in Warrington

Meet the real faces of business in Warrington

Local business owners’ partner together to launch ‘real5 Faces’; showcasing the real faces of businesses in Warrington in the hopes that it will encourage people to keep it local.

Ambitious real5 Networking founder, Andrew Hibbert, and Ian Cox, Centre Director of Warrington’s very own Golden Square, have teamed up to put business owners at the forefront during this unprecedented time.

The brand new website, created by real5 Digital, is accessible by all to browse the faces behind real businesses and delve deeper by taking a look at the individual profiles and stories.

By emphasising the people rather than the businesses, Andrew and Ian are hoping to encourage everyday consumers to shop local wherever possible. The unique profiles make it clear to see that it is real, everyday people who are working hard to provide services and products to the community. It is those same mothers, fathers, uncles and connected family members who will benefit when you support local businesses over corporate entities.

The launch comes at a time where restrictions are beginning to slowly ease in the UK and global companies are beginning to re-open, making it more important than ever to shop locally and stay loyal to the businesses that have been working hard during lockdown to provide our community with fresh food, locally distilled gin and other products and services.

The concept of connecting businesses, people and the wider community does not come new to either Andrew or Ian, who are passionate about creating new opportunities and experiences for our town.

Andrew Hibbert, Managing Director of real5 Networking and iSupply Group:

“How you act during these difficult times with your staff, your customers and your suppliers will define how you are perceived in the future […] to be in partnership with the Golden Square on this fantastic initiative is what true collaboration is all about. The people make the town, it’s time for the town to focus on the people.”

Ian Cox, Centre Director of Golden Square:

“With Golden Square being part of the real5 Network it was a no brainer for us to collaborate on this initiative. The beauty of this town is in its people and it’s vitally important that we focus on those individuals who provide a variety of wonderful products and services throughout the town. real5 Faces is about understanding the story behind the shop front and how you can make a difference through thinking local with your pound.”

The unforgiving situation we find ourselves in has shown the importance of pulling together and supporting each other; through spending money locally, in our town centre and for our own local businesses, we can help businesses get through this difficult period and continue to flourish in what will be our new version of normal.

Visit the real faces of business via today.