We all know that COVID-19 has been incredibly hard for small businesses, and we can’t sympathise enough. As we enter a second lockdown so close to Christmas, highstreet closures and restrictions bring on new concerns. But it’s not all bad news! This year we’ve seen the incredible resourcefulness and creativity of Macclesfield small businesses as they adapt to a new way of life.

With more people at home, online shopping has increased hugely and many businesses began (or increased) selling online so we don’t have to miss out on our favourite things. This in mind, we’d like to share some of the local businesses that we can all support online, and how they’ve adapted.

Monocle Deli: Social Media

Local cafe Monocle Deli is a great example of how simple online selling can be. Earlier this year, they began selling Treat Boxes for delivery or collection through social media. The boxes are perfect for sending to loved ones or treating yourself and can be made vegan too. We’re not sure what Monocle Deli’s plans are for this lockdown, but we’ll be keeping an eye out for updates and can’t wait to see their festive bakes.

Instagram @monocledeli

So many great local cafes have also been selling through social media, including Cherry Blossom Bakery with their afternoon teas! Be sure to check on your favourites on Facebook & Instagram, along with food delivery apps like Just Eat, Deliveroo & Uber Eats.

Red Willow Brewery: Website

We miss the days when we could call into a local bar with our friends. Luckily, Red Willow Brewery has made it a little bit easier. They launched their online shop back in March, and are now delivering nationwide! Whether you’re sending a few cans to a friend for the weekend or getting a small keg for your Christmas at home, they’ve got you covered.

Treacle Market Sellers: Etsy

Something else we’ve all been missing this year is the Treacle Market. Our towns monthly stalls are a great chance to buy from Macclesfield small businesses and many others. Whilst it can’t go ahead, there have been virtual Treacle Markets on Facebook, where makers share products to buy directly or links to their online stores, including Etsy.

Etsy is an e-commerce website for independent makers, creatives and other small businesses. You can find lots of your favourite sellers from the Treacle Market on there, and discover many new ones. It’s so important to support small businesses this Christmas, and we highly recommend checking out Etsy for your online gift shopping. You’ll find so many lovely unique and handmade gifts, like Dick Vincents 2021 calendar!

Other locally-based Etsy shops we love are Marc Makes Comics for fun comics, badges & mugs, Adam Francis Art for Macclesfield and Cheshire illustrations, and Sandbach based Posner & Posner for beautiful handprinted textiles.

Skyzack can help:

There are so many other amazing Macclesfield small businesses you can support online, this is a very small handful! Please let us know of any we’ve missed so we can support them too.

If you’re a small business owner and need any help or advice on online selling (or anything else) please feel free to get in touch for a chat. You can reach us through our contact form or call us on 01625 574111.

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog and for supporting small businesses in any way you can. We’re wishing you all the very best during this difficult time. Stay safe & take care – the Skyzack team.