Lockdown has been a challenging time for us all. Along with other industries, the hospitality sector has taken a hit, leaving small businesses to either adjust and adapt or sadly close.
Some of the rigorous changes made over the past year have ensured some local businesses can continue to operate; others have been put in the crippling position of permanent closure.
More than ever, it's essential to support local amenities to promote the atmosphere and economy of your hometown, including your favourite coffee shops in the UK.
Whether you're interested in retaining your local luxuries or supporting a more sustainable future, local is by far the best way forward!
During these uncertain times, coffee shops are trying to be as flexible as they can in hopes of enriching their customers' experience and maintaining a safe environment.
You can easily sign up to your local coffee shops email list or simply follow them on social media to stay in the know.
Simple acts of acknowledgement such as likes, comments, posting and sharing will support your favourite coffee shops social media algorithm and reach, helping them spread the word.
Write an Honest Review
Writing an honest review will help show other customers and the search engine that the business is trusted. This is the basis of how a search engine will determine what is and isn't displayed.
By leaving a review, you're supporting your local coffee shop's reach, helping to share your experience with others and giving it the credibility it deserves.
Not to mention, it's also a nice gesture to offer the staff some recognition for their hard work!
Enjoy a Take-Away Coffee
Some coffee shops have relied on take-away coffee as a staple to get their business through these challenging times. Even if the coffee shop itself is full, there's nothing to stop you from enjoying your morning cuppa.
Whether you're on your way to work or you're spending some time with an old friend, you can always make time for a take-away coffee and support your favourite local businesses!
Purchase a Voucher or Gift Card
Most coffee shops offer vouchers and gift cards, which are a great way to treat your loved ones to a delicious cup of coffee, even if you can’t enjoy it with them.
Here at Esquires Coffee, we not only offer gift cards, but we also have an Esquires coffee Loyalty Card that allows you to recruit credit to spend on our food or drink.
Take a Look at What Else Is On Offer
Not all coffee shops only sell coffee; you can now purchase sweet treats and mouth-watering savouries, an array of soft drinks and various other products, such as coffee beans, loyalty cups and brewing products!
Whether your stomach's rumbling, you're looking for loyalty rewards, or you just want to experience your favourite coffee shop grind in the comfort of your own home, you can enjoy all of these while helping out a local business!
We hope this article has offered some insight into how you can help sustain your favourite local coffee shops! For more information, take a look at our website!