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.
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.
Welcome to the September 2020 edition of the Skyzack newsletter. Here you’ll find the Skyzack team’s latest adventures and projects, as well as updates from our clients and friends.
Skyzack Spotlight: I Am Print
We’re shining this month’s Skyzack spotlight on a small business who recently helped us with our hub’s signage. I Am Print is a digital print company based in Macclesfield’s neighbouring town, Bollington. With over 30 years’ experience, their friendly team produce high-quality prints whilst accommodating to your business needs and budget.
Along with our COVID safety signs, Skyzack has relied on I Am Print for many other print services. Over the years, they have produced great products for both ourselves and our clients. From business cards and leaflets to banners and our illustrated Macclesfield coasters: we can always turn to them for fantastic work from a dedicated, local company.
Macclesfield Pocket Guide:
Now that businesses are starting to reopen, we’ve finally been able to release our Macclesfield Pocket Guide for 2020! Keep an eye out in local eateries, shops and more for a handy illustrated map of our town. You can also get in touch with us directly to learn more about the pocket guide or our illustration services.
This year, it’s become even more crucial for businesses to have a strong online presence. Whether with selling on e-commerce websites, marketing and networking through social media, or anything else, Skyzack is here to help. We’ve been working extra hard to support all of our clients throughout this uncertain time, whilst adapting to the ‘new normal’.
This in mind, we’ve made a few small changes within our team whilst refining and expanding our services. Our latest addition, Jo, takes full control of social media management whilst our Creative Lead, Tuesday, continues to create content. Below are our most up-to-date contact details, so that you can get in touch with who you need directly.
General: Jim – 01625 574111
Technical: Fortuna – 07513485484
Creative: Tuesday – 07590884674
Social Media: Jo – 07999161887
Thank you for reading the September 2020 Skyzack Newsletter. Stay in touch or ask us anything using our contact page, email [email protected] or feel free to give us a call. You can also find us on LinkedIn, or on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter @weareskyzack!