During these difficult times, we have been amazed by the agility and creativity of our small business graphic and web design clients, as well as many other independent Cheltenham businesses. We have also been impressed with the speed and care with which Cheltenham community networks have been set up to aid the most vulnerable members of our society.
The impact COVID-19 has had across many businesses and sectors, large and small, has been devastating. But we personally wanted to give a special shout out to the small independent Cheltenham businesses that contribute so much to our local economy, and give our town such identity and diversity.
Here are a few ways you can support independent Cheltenham businesses and give them the chance to continue to be a part of our community when we emerge from lockdown:
Visit them online
Many small businesses have demonstrated how remarkably nimble and flexible they can be by switching to serving their customers online, such as:
Professional International Circus Performer and Workshop leader – now offering online shows!
Simon Wintle Soft Tissue Therapist
Soft Tissue Therapist – offering online consultations
Professor Dom of Mini Professors
Fun Zoom science classes for children
Tweedy the Clown
A weekly mini-episode of Tweedy the Clown’s silly fun brought to you by the Barn Theatre
Charlton Kings Zumba and HIIT Workouts
Daily group workouts available virtually via ZOOM as well as 30 minute one to one sessions to keep you motivated!
Order a takeaway
A meal out may be off the menu, but many restaurants continue to offer takeaway services, or have diversified so that they can continue to cater for the public. Some local options include:
Award-winning Indian restaurant offering Prithvi @ home. Details listed on their Facebook page
The Coconut Tree
Delicious Sri Lankan Street Food. Details of how to order on their website
Magical Eastern food delivered to your door.
Epic takeaway and delivery. Check out their website and order via 01242 528449
Botanica coffee and cakes
Independent cafe serving Girls Who Grind coffee, fresh food and houseplants by The Aroid Attic. Takeaway and delivery service available
Many of our favourite local pubs are struggling. CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) is calling on pub companies large and small to cancel rent for their tenants during the Covid-19 crisis.
Edward Anderson, owner of The Vine, The Swan and The Railway was one of many thousands of publicans to post their keys to their MP in a bid to gain their support to cancel rent. Please follow, share and like their posts and help #saveyourlocal.
DEYA Brewing Company
DEYA Brewing Company was founded on a passion for outstanding beer and with the vision to create fresh, intense, delicious beers. Now offering their beers via an online shop!
Support local Festivals
Cheltenham wouldn’t be Cheltenham without its wonderful festivals and community events. Voted one of the best places to live in the UK, we hope our local festivals can make it through these difficult times and be a part of our town in the future to come.
Wychwood cancelled their 2020 festival and have launched a Crowdfunder filled with loads of rewards, including your own personal toilet at Wychwood 2021, 10% off drinks and merch for life and loads more!
Wychwood Festival will also be hosting Virtually Wychwood on Saturday 30th May from 3pm – 9pm, with workshops, storytelling and loads of fantastic music.
Cheltenham Food & Drink Festival
Cheltenham Food & Drink Festival have moved their date from June to September with ticket sales live from June. This popular annual event showcases some amazing local food and drink.
Whilst by no means small, Cheltenham Festivals is a not-for-profit organisation responsible for Cheltenham Science, Jazz, Music and Literature Festivals. Cheltenham Festivals certainly give Cheltenham its very own unique identity showcasing world-class content.
Cheltenham Science Festival will be going ahead as a virtual festival streamed from their YouTube Channel
You can also support Cheltenham Festivals by making a donation
Now is the perfect time to check out what’s available inside your local shop, rather than struggle through an uncomfortable shop in one of the big supermarkets. Whilst every newsagent, off licence, butcher, baker and candlestick maker has different stock, I personally have found a huge variety of food available… including… dare I say it… flour!
La Boulangerie Artisan French Bakery
Providing the most amazing organic sourdough through a hatch (less need to scour the big Cheltenham supermarkets for flour).
Bath Road Beers
Offering a beer delivery service
As well as the much needed central hub for Gloucestershire, there are many local area community support networks such as:
COVID-19 Cheltenham Community Network
A portal for the Cheltenham community to network during the COVID-19 emergency.
Friends of Charlton Kings
A set of local volunteers have set this network up to help people who are vulnerable, self-isolating or just wanting to keep in touch with their neighbourhood.
Mr Whippy Cheltenham
Delivering essentials as a mobile shop with a limited supply of ice cream and lollies
Support small Cheltenham businesses in their efforts to operate
All businesses are trying to accommodate their customer and staff needs as safely as possible, so appreciate your support and understanding whilst they work out how to run their businesses in this new environment.
Cheltenham MOTs will be re-opening on 1st June – please support them by adhering to guidelines to ensure the safety of staff and customers alike.
Raising money for the NHS with the Little Cheltenham Door Step Portraits
Squashed Robot Films
Continuing to offer their services throughout the pandemic (whilst observing necessary precautions). Animation and motion graphics can be produced entirely remotely and they offer a live streaming service to allow conferences, talks, seminars and shows to continue on in the face of adversity, as well as editing older footage to create new and exciting content.
Other ways to support local businesses
There are many ways to support local businesses, and the easiest way to find out is to look close to home first for what you need. There are lots of useful sites listing local businesses including:
Listing a wide variety of businesses and their current offering
Glos.info has a great list of really useful services during the crisis
Gloucestershirelive.co.uk has a live feed of local businesses as they are opening
If you are a Cheltenham small business
Make sure you let people know how you have adapted your services during this time of crises, ask your fans to share your posts, like your page and let them know what you have to offer and how you have adapted your business to suit the current climate.
Great sources of information for small businesses include:
Pi Accountancy are providing their followers with great tips and information on how to survive as a business during this crisis
The Growth Hub
Providing free business support for those having to re-imagine their business in order to navigate COVID-19
If you want to support small Cheltenham businesses
No-one expects you to buy things you don’t need, but if you appreciate the service you have received from a local independent business, you can show your support simply by liking their page, sharing their posts and leaving them positive reviews. If you were happy with their service – don’t be shy in saying so!
As a small Cheltenham small business ourselves – we know – nothing makes us happier!