A new web service has been launched by a Staffordshire tech-firm to support communities and businesses during the coronavirus restriction period and beyond.

Local Food Drops – developed by Stafford-based iWeb – is a solution that enables people to find local businesses that deliver food in their area, including grocers, butchers, bakers, pet shops, and more.

The newly developed service will allow people to shop safely from their home whilst providing a financial boost to local businesses during these testing times. Customers simply input their location and a list of local suppliers will be retrieved. Businesses can sign up for a listing via the Local Food Drops website.

Creator of the service, iWeb is a tech company based at Staffordshire Technology Park in Stafford. The company has been providing e-commerce and digital marketing services for over two decades, working with a range of national clients including Raleigh, JCB and the British Heart Foundation.

As part of the initiative, iWeb have also helped seven traditional B2B (business-to-business) foodservice companies to rework their business models and sell direct to consumers.

iWeb’s Business Development Director, Ian Gordon:

“These are incredibly difficult times for communities and businesses across the country as we live through the restrictions.

“We wanted to do our bit to provide some support through this period by developing an easy-to-use online solution to enable people to shop at home safely and for businesses to operate as effectively as they can, which is important for the local economy.”

Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire LEP’s Chairman, Alun Rogers:

“It’s fantastic to see one of our successful businesses using its expertise and innovation to support communities and local companies across the country through unprecedented times.

“At the LEP we are doing all we can to ensure businesses have the right advice and guidance which can change on a daily basis. This is a great web service that can really make a difference and I’d like to commend the team at iWeb for making it available.”