Project One: #LocalsLoveLocally

As we wrote about in East Croydon Cool talks…Coronavirus (Community, Culture & Creativity), we know the economic, social and mental health impacts of Coronavirus will also be huge.  We want to do as much as possible to support local businesses and residents via a range of community focused creative projects.

#LocalsLoveLocally is a social media campaign, backed up by this dedicated page on our website. It encourages Croydon residents to support local Croydon businesses by highlighting the different ways in which they can help.

Hundreds of small businesses across Croydon are likely to suffer as a result of lost business during the virus. This campaign is a free opportunity for them to tell an online local community (of around 2k monthly website visitors and 8k social media followers) how they can show support and solidarity.

A listing on the East Croydon Cool website details their activations which are also shared on social media channels using the unique hashtag #LocalsLoveLocally. This means others can also help spread the word, by re-sharing posts using this hashtag.

This campaign is being run in partnership with local community fundraiser, Hannah Sayers, who provides support to communities for projects that improve local heritage, leisure, culture and greenspaces.

Are you a local business and want to get listed? Send us your info on or tag us in on socials and use #LocalsLoveLocally.

General tips on how to support local businesses

  1. Order from them online
  2. Buy a voucher that can be used later
  3. Post about them on your social media channels (and like/comment on their posts)
  4. Write a review (via TripAdvisor, OpenTable, Facebook etc)
  5. Buy their merchandise

Specific tips on how to support these local businesses

*Please note, these offers were correct at the time of publishing but the situation is changing everyday so do check in with each business directly to confirm.

Who: Mr Fox Croydon
What: Surrey Street’s award -winning cocktail pub
* Buy a membership card. These gift cards can be topped up and used at a later date. The cards also include permanent benefits and discounts. To purchase, call 020 3970 9667.
* Buy a freshly mixed cocktail bottle delivered to your door

Who: Little Coffee Shop
What: Coffee shop on Sanderstead road serving up great coffee, homemade cakes, savory options and more
* Use their new free doorstop delivery service (for those within half a mile of the shop). £5 minimum spend.

Who: Signal Beer
What: An independent brewery based on Beddington Farm Road producing a diverse range of beers brimming with flavour.
*Order a case of beers direct to your door

Who: F45 Gym Croydon
What: The world’s fastest growing functional training community
* Members can login to join live daily workout sessions

Who: The Store
What: Neighbourhood Bar specialising in cocktails, small plates, brunch and Sunday roasts
*Buy a gift voucher via the home page on their website
*Write a TripAdvisor review
*Order food via their new online delivery service (coming soon!)

Who: The Ludoquist
What: South London’s biggest board games cafe
* Purchase a board game from their online shop

Who: MyPT
What: Group Personal Training and Boutique Gym
*Join their FREE self care home programme designed specifically to help the Croydon community

Who: Singing Out Loud 
What: Vocal Coach
*Book an online Skype singing session
*Book a voucher for future use

Who: Blooming Desires
What: Florist
*Sign up for their Flower Subscription Service
*Order an online delivery of flowers
*Buy a gift voucher

Who: Ettie Bettie Baby
What: Baby Sign Classes
*Join a free virtual class every week day at 10.30am (via
*Buy items from the online shop

Who: The Lollipops
What: Vintage Band Trio
*Book a bespoke vintage video message and song for a special occassion
*Follow them on socials for info about upcoming virtual gigs

Who: This Parent Can
What: Infant Sleep Consultant
*Book a one-to-one phone session

Who: Sara Does Curry
What: Home cooked Friday night curry maker
*Order a contactless curry collection

Who: MyPT Cycle
What: Boutique indoor cycle studio
*Rent a Spin bike on a month by month basis

Who: The Oval Tavern
What: Cosy, family friendly pub with a real community atmosphere
*Order a take-away Roast Dinner

Who: Crepes and Cones
What: Savoury soul food and creative dessert restaurant owned by Krept & Konan
*Order using their online delivery service

Who: Laithwaites Wine Croydon
What: Family owned wine shop and delivery service
*Order 6 bottles of wine or more, and get free delivery to your door

Who: The Winning Margin
What: Boutique Franchised branch of Intersport offering personalised service from by local husband and wife team James and Davinia
* Do a virtual in-store shop with James and Davinia or order online via their website

Who: Coughlans Bakery
What: Family run artisan bakery with a huge Vegan range
*Pre-order freshly made bread (and get it delivered via Uber Eats)
*Order a family sized fruit and veg box (for next day collection)

Who: Onenine5
What: Unisex and Eco-Conscious Wash Bags
*Buy an online gift card that can be used for future purchases

Who: Addiscombe Fruit & Veg
What: Fruit and Veg shop in Addiscombe (duh!)
*Order a fruit or veg box for free delivery

Who: Alluure Beauty 
What: Beauty services led by Zara Sophia (including facials, massage, manicures and waxing)
*Buy a gift voucher for future treatments

Who: Hollistic PT Studio
What: Boutique Movement and Lifestyle Coaching Studio in East Croydon
* Join a live online stretch and strength session

Who: Laborjee
What: Self-taught baker selling cakes and bakes (with Gluten Free and Vegan options)
*Order a postal delivery treat box

Who: The Cronx Brewery
What: “Great Beer; Straight Outta Croydon”
*Order a box of beers or your very own mini-keg to your door

Who: Croydon Yoga Hub 
What: Yoga and Pilates classes in the heart of Croydon
*Join one of their (growing number of!) online yoga or pilates classes (Intro offer of £25 for 2 weeks)

Who: Maria Bello Styling
What: Personal Stylist
*Book an online Colour and Body Shape Analysis (reduced from £25 to £20 when quoting East Croydon Cool)

Who: Mr Tinto
What: Mobile rostery serving up first class coffee for all taste buds
* Order coffee beans straight to your door. Orders placed before 12pm (noon) will be delivered the next day (to local postcodes)

Who: The TMRW Collective
What: A creative digital agency set up for a time of economic survival
*Consider hiring this temporary agency made up of local independent creatives and freelancers for your marketing campaigns.

Who: Poppet Creations
What: Cake topper business offering same day service
* Receive a free NHS cake topper for any cakes you are making and donating to NHS staff

Who: Chloe Shirley
What: Local artist and teacher
*Print out her Cronx Poster Kit and place designs in your windows to show support and raise a smile

Who: Amy Smith Photos
What: Local photographer
* Make the most of Amy’s new in-house studio by getting her to shoot your products for your website, brochure, social media channels etc

Who: Day Dot
What: Local illustrator
* Keep kids occupied by printing out one of her free rainbow designs for them to paint/colour

Who: Fitness with Fernando
What: Personal Trainer specialising in Boot Camp sessions
* Join one of his live classes online (or one the free 30 min Pilates classes he is doing in partnership with East Croydon Cool!)

Who: Rosie Girl 
What: Doll maker and creator
* Buy one of her NHS hero dolls (with 25% of every purchase going to the NHS)

Who: Chatsworth Bakehouse 
What: A nano bakery serving the local community (born out of the COVID-19 crisis)
* Order one of their loaves in return for a donation to local food banks and charities (100% of donations go to charity).

Who: Muddy Trowel
What: Set up during COVID-19 by a diverse community with a passion for gardening to deliver plants (that might have been burnt or composted) direct to the door.
*Follow their 4 step process to see what items are available at nearby garden centres then order a selection box and have it delivered direct to your door.

Who: Art + Craft CR0
What: Fully independent craft beer bar
*Spend £25 or more on their wide range of craft beers and get it delivered (within a 5 mile radius) for free!

Who: Upstream Seafoods
What: High quality fresh and frozen seafood provider
*Spend more than £25 to get fresh seafood delivered straight to your door for free (within 15 miles of Croydon)

Who: Knttd London
What: Handmade Macramé planter designer
*Mix up your interior design scheme during lockdown by ordering one of these beautiful creations online (delivered to your door)

Who: The Incredible Twins Sweet Box
What: Teenage twin boys from Croydon set up this sweet box delivery company during lockdown
* Fix your lockdown sugar cravings by ordering a box of 750g sweets to your door.

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