Supporting Independent / Local Businesses

20 March 2020 – Coronavirus Edition

If you’ve followed me for a while you’ll know I’ve always supported small, independent or local businessses. These businesses are often run by families and ordinary people like us. The people who put their hearts and souls into sourcing and perfecting the best products, deliver it with a smile and can’t do enough to make us happy. If you visit or purchase from a small business you’re guranteed to receive a warm welcome and sometimes even a thank you note for your custom. These are small gestures yet more than you would ever receive at a supermarket chain. Where you choose to spend your cash can make the difference between a livlihood thriving or not.

The time to support your local business has never been greater. With the majority being forced to close, some not knowing when or if they’ll open again. Here are some tips on how you can still show your support:

SMALL BUSINESSES

  • Write good things about them online
  • Tell your friends! Recommend places by word of mouth
  • Leave a review online
  • When they reopen choose to give them your custom over your usual big corporation or chain. The bigger brands will feel this too but nowhere near to the same extent.
  • When they reopen think about leaving a tip!

FOOD BANKS

Churches, supermarkets and the Trussell Trust have food bank drop off points all year round. These are located just after the checkout and before the exit. Look out for them. Instead of bulk buying and hoarding items for your own benefit, consider dropping off one or two items into the food bank. If everyone did this, think of the difference it would make to others.

HYGIENE BANKS

Especially designed to take items of personal care, beauty or hygiene products. Drop off points and lists of donations needed can be found at the Hygiene Bank or the Beauty Bank. Some food banks also take personal care donations too.

On Instagram I’m going to be sharing some of my favourite businesses throughout Ireland. From cafes, bars, restaurants, shops, charities, food banks and any other good spots doing their utmost to keep their livlihoods going. Keep your eyes peeled!

If you’re reading this and you’re part of / work for or volunteer at any of the above and you’d like me to share any information on how other people can get involved or help out please get in touch with the details.

Take care through this difficult time.


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