Tide members solidarity initiatives
In recent weeks, it has become clear that the coronavirus pandemic is a global crisis affecting many of our members. In these challenging times, we want to do everything we can to support you.
We’ve seen some generous offers, helpful services, and smart initiatives appearing on our members’ websites and social media. This post aims to highlight these examples of #smallbusinesssolidarity.
Do you have a service, offer or initiative you’d like us to share here? We’ll be adding new ones regularly.
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Free e-commerce platform set up by Badger Commerce
Small Business and Social Enterprise directory by Ethically Woven
Free online fitness classes by Shameem.fit
Colour for Calm activity book by Claudine O’Sullivan Illustration
Contactless delivery by Babul’s
Advice for new families by Tiny Toes Bumps and Babies
Free e-commerce platform set up – by Badger Commerce
Badger Commerce is an enterprise-ready eCommerce platform. David O’Sullivan, co-founder of Badger Commerce, says:
“We didn’t want to sit around while many of our favourite restaurants and cafes struggled, so we’re introducing new features to help these businesses continue to trade by accepting takeaway orders online through our e-commerce platform.We are working as fast as we can to get this live, and we should be trialling it in the next few days.
“As this is an unprecedented situation, we have decided to temporarily offer this service for FREE for the duration of the Government restrictions to help as many businesses as we can. Anyone can sign up and once approved, all you’ll pay are the credit card transaction fees. No monthly fees and no hosting charges.”
Small Business and Social Enterprise directory – by Ethically Woven
Ethically Woven is a creative forum for sustainable fashion, food and beauty. Managing Director, Noshua Watson says:
“We’ve created a directory of small business and social enterprise resources to help sustainable fashion, food and beauty businesses during the crisis.
“It’s updated daily and has links to international web sites and webinars. You can also follow us on social media @ethicallywoven for additional information.”
Free online fitness classes – by Shameem.fit
Shameem.fit offers fun & friendly exercise sessions suitable for all fitness levels and ages. Founder, Shameem Arnold says:
“We’re experiencing a drastic temporary change to our lifestyles due to the Covid-19 outbreak and as such home workouts are more important than ever.
“I’ve switched my fitness classes to online and I’m offering them free.”
Colour for Calm activity book – by Claudine O’Sullivan Illustration
Claudine O’Sullivan is an artist and illustrator specialising in colourful animal pencil drawings and art prints. Claudine says:
“Launching at a time when the impact of COVID-19 is affecting us all, I’m hoping to provide a little bit of creative release for those who are feeling anxious and needing some space, those in self isolation and of course younger aspiring artists needing out of school activities. Drawing and colouring has always been an incredibly calming escape for me and I believe it can provide the same for others.
“I’ve designed this for all ages and comfort levels. For those looking for some guidance continue on from my taster using either suggested palette, or your own. Or freestyle it completely! There’s no wrong outcome. I’ve loved seeing the different interpretations and am asking people to send/tag me on Instagram or use #colourforcalm”
Contactless deliveries – Babul’s
Babul’s is a family-run Indian restaurant in Barnard Castle, County Durham. Shuhel Ahmed Khondokar, Commercial Director says:
“Babul’s wants to ensure that every elderly person affected by Covid-19 is cared for in our community. We are offering free meals to all people over the age of 65 in Barnard Castle and all the villages surrounding the town.
“We are also offering food and drink contactless delivery, as well as packs for bulk freezing that can be kept in the freezer for months. Additionally we have been giving out over £10,000 worth of food vouchers to local primary schools so they can pass it on to families”
Place your order on 01833 630575
Advice for new families – Tiny Toes Bumps and Babies
Tiny Toes Bumps and Babies supports women and their families through pregnancy and baby’s first year. Alison Fraser, Company Director says:
“My business has moved entirely online during the Covid-19 crisis. All of my classes, groups and supporting materials have been priced at cost to ensure they are affordable.
“I’m offering a baby massage group with 6 months access for £20, a baby massage pack for £6, aromatherapy consultations and antenatal consultations – all online and delivered by a fully qualified and registered midwife.
“The aim of my business is to support, empower and encourage families in bonding and positive relationships while reducing social isolation.”
Free teaching resources – Educompendium
Educompendium is an educational consultancy based in North Somerset that works in partnership with schools, academies, governing bodies, parents and learners of all ages to provide a range of bespoke support packages.
The company has produced free downloadable resources to help schools and families cope with the outbreak of Coronavirus and its impact on education. Caroline Enstock, Founder of Educompendium says:
“I’m offering free teaching materials for parents of children aged 5-7 for English, Maths and Science to help them manage home education during the school closures. The workbooks are available to download. You can access them now from the main menu. More resources will be added each week.”