...need your help.
Around the world, governments are putting measures in place to help larger companies retain and pay staff. Most medium and large scale operations (outside certain particularly badly hit sectors) are finding themselves able to work around restrictions, with staff variously working from home, seconded to different roles or at least retained on shorter hours.
Amazon will survive this. As will ASOS, H&M, Tesco, Screwfix, IKEA, McDonalds, Walmart, Starbucks and the rest of the industry leaders and giant multinational chains across the sectors.
The people who really need our help right now are those who run and work for independent, small businesses, many of which won’t survive. And losing them won’t just see the loss of the jobs of a large number of individuals.
It’ll be in many cases the loss of jobs for entire families; the loss of unique products, unique services and unique experiences; the loss of years - and decades - of experience and expertise in trades; the loss of community hubs and icons; the loss of traditions, crafts and specialists; and the loss of diversity and consumer choice.
If you’re one of those lucky enough to be relatively unaffected financially, self-isolating/working from home or otherwise, please, please consider making a little extra effort to support small, independent businesses through the crisis.
If you can shop with a local grocery, greengrocers, market, hardware store, newsagent, post office or other small retailer rather than going to the supermarket, then do it.
If you are shopping online, have a search for an independent supplier who delivers rather than going straight to Amazon.
If you can use an independent tradesman or service provider rather than relying on a household name supplier, then do it.
It’ll really help us all come out of this with the world and our communities in much better shape.
Thanks for reading and stay safe everybody.
...need your help.