Five ways to support local independent Glossop businesses during lockdown

As we envelope ourselves in lockdown number three (or LockyD 3, as some are calling it!), many of Glossop’s local creative and independent businesses will no doubt be feeling the pinch.

Glossop is a town with an exciting, inspiring and eclectic business community, and at this time, small businesses need your support more than ever.

With this in mind, here are five easy ways to support our town’s local businesses during this final (we hope!) stage of the Covid19 pandemic:

  1. Buy online from local suppliers

This one goes without saying, but before you tap on the Amazon app, consider local businesses first. Make it a habit, or a 2021 intention, to shop local where possible.

For books, including best sellers, new releases and children’s classics, check out Bay Tree Books, which has an online shop on UK Bookshop. You can buy what you need and have it delivered to your door. Who needs Prime, eh? 

If you’re looking for a case of wine or local IPA, Harvey Leonard’s has an online shop with something for everyone and offers free delivery to the local area. Stocking up your wine rack for winter suddenly seems very appealing! 

And if you’re looking for some home accessories to add some joie de vivre to your pad as you hunker down for this winter lockdown, My Happy Place has loads of lovely trinkets, candles, twinkly fairy lights, plants and pretty home additions with free delivery to SK13 postcodes. 

If you’re a big fan of the fabulous Lymefield Garden Centre in Broadbottom, you can now order online from their Farm Shop by filling out an order form on their website, and either choose a delivery slot or collect your goodies in person.

  1. Research gift and greetings cards from local makers and creatives 

It may feel like lockdown three has stolen the joy from life’s celebratory occasions yet again, but if you fancy spreading a little joy to friends or family members with birthdays or special occasions in January and February, consider local makers and creatives for gifts and greetings cards before you hop online to sites such as Moonpig or Amazon.

Paper Willow makes lots of lovely cards and stationery, plus gifting sets, Essentialiese offers a gorgeous range of hand-poured eco vegan candles, wax melts and room diffusers, and Jam Shack stocks the most amazing preserves and chutneys for foodies. For a huge array of quirky, arty gifts that will impress even the most discerning of recipients, Dandelion Craft stocks art, crafts and a fabulous range of trinkets including key rings, coasters, jewellery, badges, bookmarks and reusable coffee cups. 

  1. Take advantage of take-out and delivery services from local restaurants 

Bars, cafes and restaurants have arguably been hit super hard by Covid19 and the subsequent lockdowns. The good news is that many of Glossop’s culinary stalwarts have pivoted to provide take out and home delivery services across a wide range of dishes and cuisines. 

If you fancy something a little special for date night, Friday night in (!), Sunday dinner or just because you deserve a little treat, check out your favourite eateries to see what they have to offer.

Hyssop, Glossop’s flagship premium restaurant, offers an ever-changing medley of mouth-watering small plates and mains from Thursday – Sunday. Check out their Instagram or social channels to see what’s on the menu and get ordering! 

Cask and Kitchen operates a similar policy, offering a variety of dishes to pre-order for take out on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. This week, it’s all about nachos, burritos and burgers and you can even order beers and wines to go. Sounds good to us!

And, for Sunday Lunch, Victoria Lounge will deliver all you need for your family – including mega Yorkshires and home-made gravy! 

There are limited delivery slots of all, so book early to claim your place. 

  1. Support small businesses on social media

It sounds like a small way to support local businesses, but liking, sharing and engaging on social media can make the world of difference to small businesses, especially during this critical time.

If you have had a nice meal or a great experience, tell your friends! Share your pics, share their page, leave a glowing review. It all helps.

  1. Buy vouchers for the future 

Another way to support small businesses and local makers is to buy gift vouchers for future use. We will, eventually, be out of lockdown so you can spend money now that can be used for future occasions. So if you have a summer birthday or big milestone coming up, or want to treat a friend to something they can use at their leisure during 2021 and beyond, buying gift vouchers or gift cards is another way to help local indies weather the storm.

You can check in on lots of creative Glossop businesses by visiting our directory at GlossopCreates.

Stay safe, Glossop!