Ways you can support independent Bristol businesses at this time

We all need some normality right now, and one great way we can continue to ensure some aspects of our lives are ticking along as normal is by supporting local to keep Bristolian businesses going. Keeping this sense of normality going not only will support our mental health at this time, but choose to spend your pennies wisely and you’ll be a lifeline for struggling local businesses.

So, we’ve had a dig online and have found some innovative ways you can support the independents at this time: 

Save for the future through Indie Kitty and crowdfunding 

Wriggle, the Bristol-based food delivery service, which matches you up with great offers on local eateries, has announced an initiative called Indie Kitty. This lets you purchase a gift card now for your favourite restaurant in the city, that you can use in the future when public spaces reopen. This means you have something delicious to look forward to, and independent businesses can secure vital cash flow to keep the buzzing Bristolian hospitality scene going.

Support businesses and the NHS through your purchases 

Finding ways to support the NHS and give thanks is at the forefront of our minds at the moment. Thanks to the kindness of many independent businesses in Bristol, NHS workers now get discounts or donations from these eateries. How about supporting Tapestry Brewery, who are delivering pizza and beer to people’s doors, with 50% off for NHS and emergency services workers? Or Poco Tapas, who are offering a ‘Buy One to Feed One’ deal, where you get a cracking meal and Poco donates one on your behalf to staff members at the BRI.

Get ready to livestream gigs 

The pressures are not just on food and drinks retailers. All live music venues across Bristol, a city famed for its indie music scene, have had to close. Popular venue, Thekla, has announced on its Instagram that plans are being made currently to keep us all entertained over this closure period. All we can say is watch this space.

Find new independent businesses to support 

Volunteers have set up supportbristolfood.co.uk, an online independent food listing which details where you can get hold of the food that you need from across the city. From produce direct from farmers, to butchers and bakers, this is your one-stop website for all your foodie needs, meaning you can support local businesses in their time of need.

Stock up, mindfully, with restaurant-delivery freezer options 

Award-winning Papadeli has made a pact to deliver frozen meals to households across Bristol. Hearty meals such as lasagne and a variety of pies can be delivered straight to your door, to be kept in your freezer. This reduces the strain on supermarkets at this busy time, and supports an independent local business whilst you’re at it. Their shop is unfortunately closed, but you can still order their goodies at Good Sixty

It’s important we support local at the moment, to ensure the buzzing Bristolian independent marketplace can continue to thrive!

If you’re struggling over the coming weeks, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Our Advice Centre is operating an email service at advice@uwe.ac.uk and UWE Bristol’s wellbeing page details the support the University can offer you.