3: Connect with your community
We’ve seen a lot of restaurants, takeaways and pubs combine new delivery services with helping those in need. If there are people self-isolating in your community, could you deliver food and a few essentials to their door?
We’ve seen this happen all over the country, advertised through local facebook pages and twitter feeds. It is fantastic for your community and for those looking for help at the most difficult time, but is ALSO very good for your business. Sometimes the best way to help yourself is to help others.
4: Set up a voucher scheme
Another interesting idea a few businesses are using is a voucher scheme against future purchases – check out this one in Manchester:
This does a few things: It connects you with your customers, gives you cash in the short term, and guarantees they will return, if only to get their money’s worth! Get together with businesses around you to build awareness and to build a support network.
5: Create a ready-meals business
If you are doing takeaway, you could also be doing ready meals.
How do you do this? With a vacuum packing machine.
By vac packing you can increase the shelf-life of cooked foods by up to two weeks. If you can do this with some of your most popular dishes, you can sell them as ready meals, perfect for those who love a professionally cooked meal, but can’t leave their home!
If you want to run this sort of operation, we’d recommend picking out a vacuum packing machine, as we previously mentioned, but also a blast chiller. This is because you will need to chill the food before vacuum packing it. Harmful bacteria will grow in the food if you vac pack it warm, and a blast chiller quickly brings down food temperature without damaging the food.
As with all food production, it’s important you have a record of where you got your food from, before you sell it.