The global coronavirus pandemic has swept across the world – changing the way we live for the foreseeable future. With social distancing and most countries in lockdown, life is certainly different from how it used to be and there are no signs of this changing for a long time. It’s been a difficult time for us all, including many businesses, some of which have completely closed down. However, during the times of darkness, there have been some businesses who have been thriving, finding new ways to grow and evolve in our ever-changing world. So, to inject a bit of positivity I wanted to share this post to talk about businesses who have been able to survive and prosper during such tricky times…
Local food suppliers
Supermarket delivery slots are like gold dust so many are opting to use their local food shops to buy produce, many are now closed but offer delivery services with vital foods like bread, pasta, rice and flour. Some local businesses have completely changed their range, with coffee shops stocking flour, fishmongers supplying pasta and most offering local deliveries which are contact-free, so they can get food and supplies to the most vulnerable. It’s amazing to see so many people shopping locally – that’s how it should have been in the first place!
Many people are using this time to make changes to the way they run their businesses or closing down to move onto pastures new when the lockdown is over. This means clearance services are very busy right now, particularly the Restaurant Clearance Service sector, as restaurants have been hard hit by the global pandemic, with a difficult future ahead. I hope these businesses go on to start afresh when this is all over and find a new way to be successful.
Lots of people have extra time on their hands so are choosing to renovate and decorate their homes. DIY stockists have been run off their feet, especially during the warm weather! That gets everyone in the mood for a bit of DIY and a spring clean! The most popular product which is more elusive than toilet roll during lockdown is an inflatable hot tub! They sold out everywhere within minutes, you have to be quick to snap one up!
PPE and Cleaning Supplies
It’s on the news everywhere – across the world and the UK there has been a shortage of personal protective equipment, due to the rate it’s being used within our hospitals and care services. This also means businesses selling PPE and cleaning products have been booming – hand sanitiser and disinfectant sprays fly off the shelves quicker than they can be restocked. Business is booming within this sector for sure.
The pandemic has shifted the way a lot of us shop and how we do business – hopefully this could be for the best in the long run, shopping locally, using eco-friendly and more ethical sources for our produce. Hopefully out of this difficult time there will come many positives too.