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Coronavirus: How can you support London’s SMEs?

03/04/20

If there’s something positive to come out of the Covid-19 outbreak it’s seeing the way people are coming together to support their local communities, the NHS and the businesses and employees who have been most affected. Below you’ll find some of the ways you can support Advance London SMEs to get through these difficult times as well as other ways you can support your local community.

If you’re an Advance London SME make sure to let us know how the team and our network can support you by completing our short survey and read through the support options available here.

Support London’s SMEs

Many Advance London SMEs have seen a reduction in business since the lockdown so are changing the way they do things in order to survive. You can support them by keeping them in mind when buying things like groceries or other supplies while working from home. Or if you have any connections you think could benefit those businesses, drop the Advance London team and email at info@advancelondon.org.

Sharing Resources

Globechain: Calling for PPE

With a shortage of PPE for NHS workers, Globechain is calling for companies that can supply PPE to donate it for free on their site and for NHS staff that are in need of it. The marketplace can help facilitate the donations from lots of people globally to support medical staff (NHS) and charities.

It’s safe, all the PPE in one place to view, it’s virtual and social distancing compliant!

How can you help?
By helping spread the word! Any companies or individuals from the construction industry to the arts and film sector, who have access to extra supplies of PPE equipment can list on Globechain for free. Globechain together with their logistic partners or volunteer logistic businesses will coordinate the logistics, ensuring bulk amounts of the items are delivered to hospitals and charities in need.

Read more here.

Goldfinger Factory: People’s Kitchen To Your Door

In response to COVID-19, Goldfinger Factory have transformed their monthly community feast – People’s Kitchen – into a new initiative: People’s Kitchen // To Your Door. As isolation and food shortages become increasingly more challenging, their aim is to feed vulnerable residents in the community by providing a meal delivery service, with the help of their in-house Sicilian-Tuscan duo Panella, and volunteers.

For just £10, you could provide a vulnerable resident a delicious, healthy meal delivered direct to their door. The donation also contributes towards giving and access to a dedicated hotline, a ‘live from the kitchen’ session with chef Giuseppe, and a Zoom Community Gathering, to help fight isolation and loneliness.

Read more and donate here.

Olio: Food waste heroes to the rescue

Olio are calling on any food business that has had to close to get in touch. They’ll arrange for one of their Food Waste Heroes to collect the food for redistribution in their local area.

Read more here.

Plan Zheroes: Help cook meals for charity

Plan Zheroes’ volunteers are taking part in a new initiative to supply food charities with cooked meals. You can purchase a ticket to fund a meal which will be cooked and distributed by Plan Zheroes.

Read more here.

Delphis Eco: recycle your bottles, spray caps and pumps

Anti-bacterial hand sanitiser producer, Delphis Eco, and leading recycling company, First Mile, are calling on homes throughout the UK to help in the fight against Covid-19 by recycling all of their plastic bottle closures – such as trigger sprays, hand soap pumps and flip top caps – via a FREE RecycleBox courier collection.
Why? China, and Northern Italy are the two main manufacturers of plastic bottle closures for cleaning and personal care products. As a result of Covid-19, there is now a global shortage of pretty much all bottle closures, including trigger sprays, hand soap pumps, and spray pumps. This shortage is causing issues in getting anti-bacterial hand soap and sanitisers to those that need them the most.

Order a recycling box here.

Food redistribution

As well as the Advance London SMEs listed above, there are a number of food redistribution organisations looking for food, donations and volunteers. Check out:

FareShare – in need of volunteers to help distribute food to vulnerable people

City Harvest – in need for food, funding and volunteers

Feedback – looking for donations to help them support farmers who have seen their orders from the hospitality industry drop off or who need help harvesting their crops in light of a people shortage. They are also redistributing surplus food to those who need it most.

Food & Drink

Toast Ale: 1 beer = 1 meal

Toast Ale have launched a Meal Deal campaign to help feed people in need during the COVID-19 crisis. Every beer bought from their webshop, backdated to 1st March, will fund a meal for someone in need. They’ve already funded 5,000 meals, working with their charity partner, Feedback, to redirect surplus food to people in need via much-needed community feeding projects.

And now you can share a beer with colleagues with their multi-buy offer allowing you to buy cases of beer and gift them to people at different addresses.

Delivery is free and they’ve made it affordable for big teams: A mixed case of 24 cans is £2/can; order 10+ cases at £1.90/can or 50+ cases at £1.80/can. They can also do cases of 12 if 24 feels a little too much.

Treat your team here.

Elysia Catering: Grocery boxes delivered to your door!

Elysia have changed their business from catering to artisan grocery supply to make sure they provide their customers with as many of the essentials that they may need. They’re partnering with others within their community to provide the best quality ingredients from sourdough bread, to their homemade gnocchi or delicious pasture fed meat.

They deliver in South East London, their local area and now in zone 1 and 2 on their cargo bike!

Order your box here.

nibs etc: Circular granola to your door

You can buy nibs etc granola made from waste fruit juice and pulp online either through their own website, Borough Market Online or Elysia Catering.

Mercato Metropolitano: Street food delivered

The market place in both locations are now closed but locals can still buy their supplies from the Deli and you can order online for delivery from many of the vendors.

Order online here.

Borough Market: Deliveries to your door

While the market is still open and operating a ‘come, shop, leave’ policy you can also access all the different produce through Borough Market online which delivers to addresses within 3.5 miles of the market.

Shop here.

Pedal Me: Clean deliveries

Pedal Me, the cycle couriers who usually carry people and stuff all over London have seen a drop off on their B2B side of things so are keen to find new customers.

They’re now delivering food parcels to shielded individuals  and have now set up their own supermarket, delivering fruit and veg boxes.

Order here. Or book a Pedal Me for yourself here.

Working From Home

Goldfinger Factory: The Sanguinetti Desk

Here to save you from make-shift work-stations, from ironing boards to a cluttered corner of the kitchen table, the Sanguinetti is a flat-pack desk which balances form and function.

Designed by Goldfinger’s Designer and Maker, Daniele Barco, the desk is made from Western cedar, reclaimed from Harvey Nichols’ window displays, and birch plywood, and takes inspiration from Italian designer Enzo Mari.

Read more here.

Reconome: Better than new devices for home working

Reconome rescues waste electronics and where possible refurbishes them for reuse. If you’re stuck working at home, you can source ‘better than new’ devices through their website.

Shop here.

Connect with Advance London SMEs

Wase: Breweries wanted

Wase is a startup developing decentralised wastewater treatment systems that embrace a circular economy to recover energy, nutrients, and water in wastewater. Their project in Kenya has been delayed by coronavirus but they want to carry on with their pilot in the UK to keep things moving. They’re looking for food and beverage manufacturers with a supply of wastewater/slurry from the manufacturing process.

The ideal business would be a brewery in or around West London (their research centre is in Park Royal) and they would be looking to use the waste yeast, beer and trub. However, they are keen to hear from any manufacturer that generates a lot of wastewater.

Email the Advance London team at info@advancelondon.org.

Other ways to help

GLA: London volunteering opportunities

The GLA have put together a list of remote volunteering opportunities by borough. You can also find contact details for local volunteer centres who are coordinating activity at a borough level.

See volunteering opportunities here.

Action Against Corona

As well as providing funding and exposure for organisations and initiatives tackling Covid19, actionagainstcorona.org matches talent to volunteering opportunities.

Read more here.