By Luke Pickering
These are tough times that we’ve all been going through. It has taken a toll on businesses of all kinds from your local coffee shops to international airlines. But it’s times like these where we really have to pull together as a community to help each other so that we all make it through. Here at Frogspark, we’ve been looking at what some businesses have been doing to go above and beyond during these trying times. While we’re sure there are many more businesses out there, these are just a few that we want to say “Thank You!”
With NHS staff working overtime during this period to help care for the sick and the closure of schools it left many parents wondering what to do with their children. Busy bees were fortunately on hand to provide care and support for key worker families and children. As well as this they were making it free registration (saving parents at least £50) and flexible booking and payments. They were working around the workers to help make their lives as easy as possible. Without the support from busy bees, many parents would have struggled during the pandemic so we want to say a huge thank you!
While many people were struggling to get a lot of essentials such as flour and eggs, Project Doughnut had the incentive to sell off batches of both of these products that they had in abundance. Not only are they providing the essentials but while they couldn’t have their stores in Derby and Burton they have been doing a great number of pop-up stalls all around the Derbyshire area. While everyone had a difficult hand with the closing of stores they definitely made the best out of a bad situation.
While British Food Box normally delivers fresh food, it’s usually to farm shops, delis, pubs and restaurants. However, with Coronavirus it meant many people were struggling to get their essentials and many weren’t able to leave the house to get to the shops. So they decided to focus heavily on supporting the people in their local community. Offering a home delivery service 5 days a week of all your essentials and running their farm shop 7 days a week. Serving up everything from Fresh vegetables to pies and biscuits. They’ve really gone above and beyond to help out the people in their community and we want to say thank you!
When it comes to cycling and triathlon clothing, HUUB are up there as one of the industry-leading businesses. So during this period, they designed a brand new cycling jersey in support of the NHS. Using the catchphrase “Better In Than Out” they wanted to help promote the importance of staying at home and isolating. It is priced at £49.99 and all of the profits from it will be going to the NHS Charities Together, which supports NHS staff, volunteers and patients who have been impacted by COVID-19, it’s a brilliant design for a brilliant cause.
With many homeowners worried during coronavirus about their finances and how they’re going to make payments, Mortgage Advice Bureau launched a dedicated support service for homeowners. This service is to help answer any queries or worries you may have about paying your mortgage. It’s such a great way to help so many people who may be struggling or worried, they’ve really gone above and beyond to support a great number of people during this period.
Green Motion has been operating since 2007 and offers environmentally friendly green car leasing hire and rental across many areas in the UK. With them attempting to cut down on fuel emissions in the UK they have also been a great help to many people across the country who have been struggling during this period. They’ve reached out to a great number of businesses across the UK to offer some help on delivering food boxes to the elderly and vulnerable. Together with Green Motion, these businesses have managed to help a great number of people who have been struggling during this period.
Birds Bakery is a staple in many people’s diet if you’re from the Derbyshire Nottinghamshire area. They’ve been operating since 1919 when three brothers opened up their first bakery, now they have just opened their 56th store in Borrowash. As a business, they’ve gone above and beyond to help out the vulnerable and elderly during this pandemic. They have now created their own socially distanced click and collect for their products and also doing home delivery. This has been a brilliant incentive from Birds to help the elderly and vulnerable and we’d like to say Thank You.
These guys recently caught our eye in an interview they had done with Derbyshire Live. If you didn’t see it, they were running a competition for one lucky NHS worker to win a free room redecoration. Our NHS workers are working all hours of the day to help save lives and it’s very unlikely that they get the time to do housework and redecorate at the end of the day. So Liam and Shaun came up with their idea to give back redecorating one of these workers rooms.
With many key workers struggling to get to work with the reduced public transport and fewer taxis, Bike Back thought it’s important to help these people in the best way they can, providing free bikes to key workers. Bike Back are a community bicycle recycling initiative who take donations of unwanted bikes and get prisoners from the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire area to fix them back to their former glory. Not only do they aim to reduce carbon emissions and congestion but also to help these prisoners gain a qualification and life skills.
These two businesses have come together during the county’s hour of need to provide Beeston with all of their food needs. Fred Hallam have been operating since 1908 serving up fresh British seafood, fruit and vegetables. And Bartons have also been running since 1908 and are a bus and transport agency. These two Nottinghamshire businesses have come together during this period to put together food boxes and distribute them across the county to the elderly and vulnerable.
Founded in 1961 David Nieper is a British fashion business who are committed to being world-class in everything that they do. For over 50 years they have been designing and making premium quality clothes for women in Derbyshire. They have been committed to manufacturing their products in the UK and preserving traditional skills. So during this pandemic, they have taken to designing and manufacturing a reusable PPE (Personal Protection Equipment) gown and they are now solely creating PPE for our key workers.
The Leicestershire business Everything Branded is one of the UK’s fastest-growing promotional product distributors. They usually offer everything you could need to be branded from keyrings and mugs to sweets and drinks. Now not only do they offer their usual service, but they’re also offering PPE and have donated a total of 20,000 thermometers to the NHS. It’s brilliant what we think they’re doing to help our key workers and keeping them armed on the frontline.
All British Precision is an Ashbourne based business who have been operating since 1938 as subcontractors for the engineering business. During this pandemic, they were approached and asked if they would be happy in helping the nation with our shortage of ventilators by creating parts in order to help the NHS. They accepted the contract and straight away set to work on making these parts, working longer hours and more days to meet the demands. Without great businesses like this, the NHS would have struggled to stay on top of the pandemic so we thank you!
With most businesses having to close their doors throughout lockdown it has meant that a lot of businesses are left alone and vulnerable. The Cathedral Quarter put together a group of rangers whose job it is to patrol the area and make sure that all of the businesses are safe and protected. It is a great initiative by the quarter to keep all of these small businesses safe during this time where they can’t open their doors.
During this period Morley Hayes has really been going above and beyond. They started off by opening the doors of their hotel to key workers who needed a place to stay during the current pandemic. Along with this, the doors to their restaurants were also opened to the public, offering a takeaway service and serving up the essentials to the vulnerable in the local community. Furthermore, they have recently offered their existing golf members a free membership for 2021 as a thank you for their continued loyalty during the pandemic. And finally, we saw them donate hundreds of newspapers to the Royal Derby Hospital every day. They’re providing a total of 240 papers every day to try and improve the way of life for the people who unfortunately are in the hospital at this time. We really want to say a massive thank you for everything you’ve done!
There are many more businesses out there who have done great things and we want to say a huge thank you to all of the businesses who have gone the extra mile!