The last couple of weeks have been a strange and worrying time for everyone. For businesses across Wales it has been no different, with advice changing on a daily basis and now resulting in many take the difficult decision to close their doors.
This hasn’t stopped them from finding a way to reach their loyal costumers. Many have stepped up to the challenge and found creative ways to do just that, from setting up takeaway services for the first time, offering online classes or offering virtual services.
Take a look at our list of creative ways businesses are turning to takeaway services.
Virtual beer tasting with Tiny Rebel
Tiny Rebel Brewery are hosting a series of online beer tasting and food pairing sessions. Find out more about their upcoming events here.
The Dough Thrower has launched 7 days a week delivery
Restaurants such as The Dough Thrower, who had offered a limited takeaway service prior to the pandemic are now recruiting drivers to expand delivery services and expanding their delivery area in Cardiff.
‘Meals on wheels’ with The Caribbean Way
The Cardiff restaurant has launched a brand new delivery service with cost-effective meal boxes. A minimum order of 2 boxes are required (£7 each) or 5 boxes for £30. Delivery will take place on Tuesday and Friday between 12-8pm. They are also offering NHS staff a 10% discount on purchases.
Special shopping times for OAPs and NHS workers
Many supermarkets including M&S, Tesco, ASDA and Sainsbury’s are all offering reserved shopping hours for NHS workers and OAPs. In North Wales, Sunday shopping laws were relaxed on the weekend to allow frontline staff to shop at a more convenient time. See individual supermarket websites for more details.
No contact food delivery
Food delivery services such as Dominos, Just Eat and UberEats are now offering contactless delivery food services. In most cases, you just need to add your preference to the notes box when ordering. Delivery drivers for Amazon and the Royal Mail are also offering no contact deliveries when dropping off parcels to people.
Click & collect shops using a taxi
Veezu and Dragon Taxis have launched a home delivery service for click & collect supermarket shops, covering Bridgend, Cardiff, Newport, Cwmbran and Pontypool areas. How it works? 1) Order your shopping online, 2) book your taxi and add the collection details into the driver notes on the app, 3) Track your shopping.
Digital fitness workouts with PureGym
PureGym are taking their workouts online and freezing payments for its members. The popular gym chain had vowed to stay open for as long as possible, but in a recent Government announcement, all gyms were ordered to shut. Many personal trainers have now taken to running online classes.
Babyballet goes online
A local pre-school ballet dancing class has moved all its lessons online to enable toddlers to keep dancing during the disruption of the coronavirus outbreak.
Babyballet Cardiff has moved its classes that are usually held face-to-face to a private and secure online platform.
Concerts have turned to video streaming
Amy Wadge, the English singer and songwriter behind the Keeping Faith soundtrack promoted her own online concert last week. Amy had recently sold out her concerts dates, which have now all been cancelled. Last week, she created her own live concert on Facebook.
Pubs have turned to grocery delivery
Owners of The Vale of Glamorgan and Heathcock pubs, Sarah Watts-Jones and husband Tom, are providing a grocery delivery service to the people of Cardiff.
Brewers are having to adapt too
Glamorgan Brewing Co. is predominantly a wholesaler of beers, ciders, wines and spirits. With all pubs shut across the country, the local firm is having to adapt and change how it reaches its customers. They have launched a free home delivery service (on orders over £75) and will also provide ‘no contact’ delivery. You can order by calling 01443 406080 (Mon-Sun).