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 info@eastcroydoncool.co.uk 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.

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 https://www.facebook.com/groups/571731613691444/?ref=share)
*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

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