During this uncertain time small businesses are part of the many people struggling to stay afloat. While social distancing measures are in place, businesses are forced to close their doors for the foreseeable future.
But this doesn’t mean that we still can’t do our part to help local businesses through this difficult time, so we’ve got some tips on how you can do just that!
Whether this being online or offline, this is a fantastic way to support the local community. Try checking out your local butchers for meat, greengrocers, and bulk stores for other cupboard essentials.
Buying gift cards from stores for the immediate future means money into their business, for now, it’s a great way to help and show customer loyalty. Some businesses even have special deals and discounts for the people that take part, Banjaraa Food in Petersborough is one, having a pay it forward a scheme for customers to spend vouchers on food in the future.
Leaving good reviews, and recommendations
If you don’t have the money to give at the moment, try recommending places and leaving positive reviews online. This could be through sharing posts on Instagram/social media or Google/Tripadvisor reviews.
We’ve been sharing small businesses every day on our Instagram, letting a wider audience know what remarkable work others have been doing. If you have a larger or loyal audience that listens this can help small businesses massively just by word of mouth.
Online courses/ at-home alternatives
Many restaurants and businesses are offering online alternatives, if you can’t get down to your local food spot or gym this could be the next best thing. A few examples are Patty and Bun doing DIY burger kits and Wagamama having live streams and online cooking classes for their customers.
If you’re ordering food consider tipping where possible, it’s a difficult time to be a waiter or delivery driver, etc, and they’re likely working fewer hours than normal, so tipping can help a lot.
Rescheduling events instead of canceling
If you have reservations at a restaurant, salon, or even for building work try rescheduling for a later date if you can rather than canceling. This gives the reassurance that they’ll have work at a later date.
Some small businesses that are struggling have set up just giving pages and fundraisers to help pay their employees, or keep their business afloat through this time.
Some companies to support are:
- Friends of Ours (a cafe based in Hoxton, London)
- Wright Bros (Seafood Restaurant and suppliers)
- The Dictionary Hostel (An award-winning East London Hostel)
While we are all uncertain what is happening in the world right now, it’s important for everyone to stick together and help one another out where possible, as we’re all going through the same thing together!
Try out one of the things on the list small or big this week, and let us know if you do!