We may all be missing our favourite restaurants and weekend hangouts, but we need to realise – they miss us more. The hospitality industry is massively suffering right now and yet businesses are still working hard to stay active and in the public eye.
As we can’t just pop in to purchase a pint or head out for an evening meal, we’ve listed a couple of other ways to support small and independent businesses below.
Head to their website
Giving a small business website traffic and staying engaged with them during lockdown will be a great boost. It’s likely they’ll be selling gift vouchers – pop one in your basket as a treat for yourself, or a loved one, for when this is all over. It’ll be great to have something to look forward to and is a lovely gift to cheer up someone special.
Make a purchase or place an order
Look out for businesses selling their special in-house products online, many are providing DIY cooking kits, alcohol tastings and even secret recipes.
We tried and loved Noi Quattro’s pizza kit, Manchester Wine School are offering delicious online tasting courses and did you know Dishoom’s cookbook gives away a number of their special dishes? It’s available to buy on their site. Making a small purchase will be a massive help and will also give you something fun and different to try at home.
It’s also worth checking if your favourite food spot is running a takeaway or delivery service – many local companies are still working hard to provide the same great service, making it as simple as possible for you to enjoy their products and usually at no extra cost.
Most savvy small businesses will be on social media and if they are, this is a great way to show support. Help them by sharing any news and updates on products or services they’re still offering, allowing them to reach a greater audience.
Many will be offering Facebook and Instagram Lives too, sharing tips and suggestions for whilst you’re stuck at home and some restaurants are even helping followers by talking them through simple recipes. If you join a live, let your friends and followers know in case they fancy giving it a try too.
Six by Nico have been hosting weekly Facebook Live quizzes where followers can win vouchers and Simon Wood of Wood Restaurants has been cooking up a storm on Instagram, sharing top tips for recreating your favourite dishes at home.