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Coronovirus: How North-West businesses are adapting

19 March 2020

With people having been advised to avoid “unnecessary social contact” in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, many small businesses have started to feel the strain.

Some have found ways to branch out the services they provide in a bid to “keep afloat” while the periods of isolation and social distancing continue.

In some cases, it marks a substantial change – such as gin distilleries switching to production of much-sought after hand sanitizer – but for others, it has been more a case of adapting their usual day to day activities in a bid to keep money coming in.

In a speech on Monday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson advised people to avoid gatherings and crowded places, such as pubs, clubs and theatres. Here are just a few of North-West Businesses diversifying and making trying hard to make a difference through these extremely challenging times.  These businesses who are adapting are the businesses we all have to support

The Stamford Pub, Bowdon, Cheshire

have adopted a stage 4 battle plan

  1. a special menu for deliveries
  2. barmen working on special wellness juices and smoothies designed to boost the immune system
  3. offering off licence wines and beers
  4. working with local supplier Shorrock Trichem to deliver essential cleaning items including soap and toilet rolls

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2 The Firs, Bowdon, Cheshire WA14 2TW 0161 929 1221

MiniKin Paint a Pot & Baby Imprints Art Cafe, Sale M33

People can pick the kits up from the shop, work on them at home, then take them back to be fired when they can, with staff still in the shop taking telephone inquiries, glazing and firing the creations.

“To offer an activity parents can oversee and that is somewhat constructive, that makes sense to me as a mother,” Claire added.

“And it can be a whole family activity.”

She said the decision to diversify came from the “huge responsibility” she felt to her staff.

“As a boss, that is my priority, to find avenues to keep them working,” she said.

“I don’t want them to feel that the coronavirus came, they were sent home and I didn’t try to do anything.”

Providing bowls, plates and a whole range of pottery goods roadside pickups

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57 Cross Street, Sale, Manchester M33 7HF 0161 973 6822


Ash Hair Salon, Heaton Moor, Manchester

Constantly disinfecting the entire salon, all doors handles, card machines and products. Single use gowns and towels and plenty of hand satiser is available to all clients and using all 3 salon rooms to encourage social distancing.

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90 Heaton Moor Road, Stockport SK4 4NZ

0161 312 7255

Campo Blanco Spanish Restaurant, Whitefield, Manchester

Switching over to deliveries with a new menu, all deliveries within the Whitefield, Prestwich area and collection outside the premises for any customers further afield. Also offering draught beer, home made sangria, wine and spirits.

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1 Moss Lane, Whitefield, Manchester

0161 766 6699

M33  Gin Distillery

Penny & David from Sale’s very own distillery – adapting their business to produce hand santiser.  WHO recommendation is a minimum of 75% alcohol.  It is a little more expensive due to already paid HMRC duty as they use a gin bsed alcohol £4 per bottle and limited to 4 per household.

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The Con Club, Altrincham

Providing a both brunch and dinner options for delivery.  Including sushi, smoothies & juices and their main courses and desserts

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The Con Club
48 Greenwood Street, Altrincham WA14 1RZ

0161 696 6870




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