Shopping Local with the Sheffield Delivery Directory
18 June 2020
When supporting your favourite independents suddenly got difficult, This is Sheffield stepped up to create a comprehensive guide to help raise awareness of the city’s restaurants, cafes, shops and bars, continuing to operate.
This is Sheffield’s online platform, which helps promote local businesses and communities across the city, had only just launched two weeks before restrictions came into place. With this set to hamper their plans and threatening the livelihoods of lots of the businesses they help promote, Matt Pinder, Amelia Selby and Daniel Evison (team behind This Is Sheffield) quickly made changes and launched their Sheffield Coronavirus Directory within a matter of days.
The directory is a comprehensive guide to all the businesses that have continued to operate or adapted their service, to offer online ordering, deliveries and takeaway services. As Sheffield's communities have been keen to support their local businesses, it has proved to be a huge success and hundreds of businesses from across the city have been in touch with This is Sheffield wanting be included, while the webpage itself has had thousands of views.
Whether you’re hankering for tasty street food, baked goods or an alcoholic beverage (or two), the directory is extensive enough to accommodate any craving. If you want to shop local for basic groceries or gifts and even clothes, it lists them too, highlighting all the kinds of local businesses that make Sheffield’s indie scene so vibrant.
On creating the directory, This is Sheffield said: "The last few months have been challenging, tough, inspiring, rewarding for some and heartbreaking for others. Independents offer more than just a service, they have a personality that makes them unique and we wanted to be there for them. This Is Sheffield has grown a lot during lockdown and looks forward to supporting independents as the ‘new normal’ continues to evolve".
The directory continues to grow, and as things change, with businesses set to re-open or get back to working more as they would normally, the team have now added a new section which lists all the local indie businesses opening up- you can find this at the top of the directory webpage.
Even though more places are opening now, This is Sheffield’s delivery directory remains a fantastic resource for those keen to shop local while enjoying the comfort of home, whether it’s covering the basics or going all out and indulging in a weekend (or weeknight) takeaway with dessert taboot- because we all deserve a treat! Visit This is Sheffield’s Delivery Directory at: https://thisissheffield.app/coronavirus-directory