Supporting your local small businesses in East Sussex
19th March 2020
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We would like to thank Locate East Sussex for sharing the following advice for supporting local business with us.

Right now, it’s more important than ever to support and shop local. We’ve put together a very simple guide to supporting your local small businesses in East Sussex, obviously, the situation is changing daily but here are some tips.
 
CHECK WHAT’S OPEN
 
Many small businesses are still open or have switched to delivery mode to continue operating. Please check in with your favourite establishment to determine their protocol. They will have outlined measures they are taking to ensure their place of business is taking precautionary measures. There are too many to list, so we recommend checking their social media pages.
 
GIFT CARDS & MERCH
 
Consider buying gift cards or merch from pubs, restaurants, coffee shops, etc. It helps with cash flow.
 
CONSIDER CREDIT, NOT REFUND
 
There’s a huge crunch on cash flow already for a lot of businesses. If you’ve bought tickets for an event, consider taking a credit instead of a refund while businesses work to put a solid plan in place.
 
DELIVERY OR TAKEAWAY
 
Along with cafés & restaurants for delivery, have thought about:
 
PUBS & BREWERIES
 
Pubs are diversifying and some are offering collection and home delivery. Check your favourite pub or wine shop and see what they are offering. If you’re having a craft beer/cider craving, many breweries are still brewing even if they’ve scaled down production and some will be arranging deliveries.
 
WINERIES
 
Many wineries in East Sussex make local deliveries. Each of the wineries have different restrictions on amounts to purchase and delivery fees.
 
SMALL GROCERS
 
Don’t forget about the small grocers, bakers, butchers, and your local fishmonger many of who are delivering to your door, while other people are still rushing to supermarkets – shop at your local grocer or contact a farm shop for deliveries.
 
Don’t forget you can also donate money to your local Food Bank to help those in need.
 
BE PATIENT
 
Many small businesses are having to make the very difficult decision to reduce staff hours. They will appreciate your patience and support.
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