COVID-19 is creating a lot of uncertainty for local businesses and customers alike.
However, there’s a great deal of positive things you can do for your local Bury businesses and help minimise the effects on their owners and their staff who will be having a very uncertain and challenging time right now.
Here’s a short list of things you can do to help businesses in pretty much every sector…
When someone leaves a 5-star review for a business, It helps everyone that works in that business. It gives them a boost at times like this, and you can make that happen today if you leave a review.
Of course, thebestofbury love it when people leave a review on our website but anywhere you can leave a review will help these businesses. The most important message is to just leave one.
Whether it’s a new product, a service you’ve had, an interaction with a member of the team, or a meal you’ve had at a restaurant, interacting with social posts from your local businesses or venues could significantly increase their post engagements and widen their audience. It won’t cost you a penny and you can show a little bit of solidarity.
Be supportive, be kind, be helpful. It’ll go a long way to those that are really struggling.
3. Ask if they offer “non-contact” alternatives
If the business traditionally serves customers on a face-to-face basis e.g. restaurants, shops etc, ask them if they can offer a delivery or call/click-and-collect service. The government has recently given restaurants the permission to offer takeaway menu options to help ease some cashflow.
This not only helps keep some form of revenue coming in, but also strengthens the relationship between the owners and customers, which will only be a good thing when normal service resumes in the coming months.
Vouchers could be a vital lifeline for local businesses over the coming weeks and months.
You can show your support, because buying a gift voucher to use at a later date will help that business in the here and now. Most businesses allow their gift vouchers to be redeemed between six-twelve months after purchasing and some restaurants have even extended this period because of the current climate.
If you really want to show that you care about what’s going on with a business, why not sign up to their newsletter? You might even find you get to be first in the know about special events, discounts and new products or services and when the business is fully back to normal operation.
We recognise that things are changing virtually every day on what we can do as a society. These few small things could all help support our local businesses who will be affected over the coming weeks and possibly months.
We hope that the brilliant people of Bury will join us in supporting our fantastic local businesses as much as possible so our amazing town of Bury can unite and help each other in these challenging times.
At thebestofbury we ask that you share this and spread this because if we all did some of these things, the impact it would have would be huge for the sense of well-being across our town.
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Need a trusted local supplier of goods or services? Look no further! I'm Debi Fellone and I've run thebestofbury since 2006. I spend my time championing Bury's best businesses on this website, and offline...