How to Help Your Local Business This Lockdown
There are so many reasons as to why eating locally is a win-win situation, by supporting local businesses you’re really helping to keep your high street alive. Through supporting a local business like Ginger and Pickles you’re reducing large amounts of waste (larger chains can be renowned for product wastage), keeping the planet healthy by travelling less and helping to keep an indie, family-run business alive.
The circumstances this year mean that supporting each other is more important than ever. Small businesses in particular have been hit by financial pressures, rapid business changes and much more. A second lockdown in the run up to Christmas means that our local businesses are missing out on vital sales to keep them open and thriving, working together to support them as much as we can could potentially make a huge difference. We could go on and on about why you should ditch the chains when purchasing your morning coffee but instead we’ve made it a bit easier for you. We’ve put together a list of ways you can help keep your local businesses alive during lockdown. That way when everything’s back open again we can continue to see a bustling high street full of unique and yummy food chains.
If your local restaurant or cafe is open for takeaways, make the most of it! Instead of feeding your cravings through the larger chains, why not take a further look to see what your local restaurant or cafe has to offer? There are plenty of indie food joints that work with well known delivery apps, that way you don’t even have to go anywhere and you’re still supporting a local business, winner! At Ginger and Pickles you can either pop in and order what you like off the takeaway menu, or you can save time by pre-ordering on our website to a location of your choice and picking it up whenevers convenient for you.
SHOP FOR TREATS ONLINE
You’ll find that a fair few food places actually sell products that you’re able to buy on their website. At Ginger and Pickles, we’re selling gorgeous luxury drinking chocolate, independently roasted coffee beans, teabags just like you have in the shop, cakes made to order and so much more! We’ve actually just released a new hamper range and they make the ideal Christmas present. From hampers for coffee lovers to hampers for hard working cooks, we’ve got you covered. Have a browse here to find out more about the exciting range!
REVIEW YOUR FAVOURITE BUSINESSES
Reviewing your local shop or food joint on google is massively helpful. When people are searching for places to eat or shop it’s usually the highest rated place that pops up on your search first. If more local and independent places have higher ratings then more people are likely to visit, ultimately helping them to be lovely and busy! Besides, it only takes 2 minutes out of your day and you’re doing something super helpful towards your community. If you’ve popped into our Byley, Tarporley or Nantwich stores recently for a takeaway or even to eat in (the good old days) then feel free to drop us a little review to tell people about your experience!
PURCHASE GIFT VOUCHERS
Stuck for what to buy a friend for Christmas? Plenty of local food places sell gift vouchers that you can use for when everything is back open again! They’re the perfect gift for someone who deserves to pop out the house and treat themselves. Even if they’re not able to, our gift vouchers can be used for takeaway afternoon teas and more.
FOLLOW AND SUPPORT ON SOCIAL MEDIA
If you’re a bit of a social media addict search for some small businesses around you on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. If you like the look of them, give them a follow and like their posts for some love and support! That way, the more followers they have the more they’ll be trusted by other members of the public. If small business accounts can draw as much attention to people than the socials of the well known giant companies the planet would be flying! If you’ve visited G&P recently and you have a picture of our yummy purchases why not pop it on your Insta story and we’ll give it a repost?
SPREAD THE WORD
Finally, if you’ve ordered a takeaway from your local food joint and you loved it then shout about it! Tell your friends how delicious it was and they might order there too. If you’ve discovered a hidden gem online full of gorgeous gifts and unique bits then spread the small business love and let your friends know! Whether you’re spreading the word online or in person it’s a great way to help a customer base boom.