Initiative to help vegan business in UK
Support Vegan Business hub created to provide information and advice during Coronavirus pandemic
As the UK government encourages people to self-isolate and avoid restaurants and bars, the hospitality industry is suffering. This is a particularly difficult time for small, independent young businesses, especially vegan businesses which already face the pressure of having a niche offering and a lack of contingency funds to support them in difficult times.
The BRIGHT Club has created a dedicated Support Vegan Business Hub on www.thebrightclub.co which features regular updates and information for businesses and staff during the Coronavirus pandemic.
The #supportveganbusiness campaign started in 2017 by BRIGHT Zine to support the vegan industry is now specifically focused on how the industry can face the adversity caused by Coronavirus. The hub was launched on Instagram earlier this morning (Wed 18 March).
Other actions taken to Support Vegan Businesses include:
A group of over 50 London-based vegan business owners and influencers has been created to share information and support across the sector that is facing adversity.
Creation of a UK-wide vegan-business database by author Emilia Leese which outlines what their offering is and how consumers can support vegan-businesses. This is also accessible via the Support Vegan Business Hub.
A petition has been started by Clare Every (@thelittlelondonvegan) for Deliveroo to cut commission during this time.
A lot of vegan businesses are on the brink of collapse therefore it is vital that consumers support them in whichever way possible. Most food businesses are currently operating delivery and collection services as well as providing vouchers and pay it forward schemes to support the more vulnerable in our communities.
Others ways to support vegan businesses include:
Order delivery or collection from them.
Share your favourite food businesses online and encourage people to continue to support them now and in the future. Use the Support Vegan Business graphic from Bright Zine to draw attention to this campaign.
Donate to local food banks and organisations that support communities including:
- Made in Hackney who are moving to a meal delivery service.
- Lifeafterhummus who will donating their surplus to those in need if they cannot provide free community cooking classes.
- People’s Kitchen who have paused surplus meals but are supporting their local food bank and looking for volunteers to help out in other initiatives or to share recipes and food stories.
Follow the Bright Zine/Support Vegan Business Hub on Instagram.