Flipdish, the online ordering system for restaurants and takeaways, has revealed that local takeaways have seen a 150% increase in orders since the lockdown period began.
The surge in delivery is welcomed by local restaurants, who have had to eliminate their eat-in services due to the Government’s social distancing laws.The study has also revealed that a surge in Chinese cuisine is up by 272% after an initial dip following the coronavirus crisis.
These are unprecedented times for many businesses, and despite the Government’s efforts to help those most affected by coronavirus through the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS), only 2% of businesses have reportedly accessed the scheme successfully.
But other businesses struggle
The commercial fallout for the business community as a result of the virus is significant; with the British Chambers of Commerce revealing that one in three British businesses have furloughed at least 75% of their staff.
Despite his initially positive sentiments about the resilience of British business during COVID-19, just yesterday, Chancellor Rishi Sunak said Britain ” is in tough times”. The chancellor continued by saying that he couldn’t “protect every business and every household” from the economic effects of the pandemic.
However, for businesses in the food and drink industries, (and similar to those in other sectors), having an online presence could mean the difference between a steady sales pipeline or permanent closure.
“Those restaurants, pubs, hotels and cafés that created an online presence during the coronavirus crisis are now facing surging demand as Brits stay at home to protect themselves and the NHS. With lockdown due to continue, there is still time to transform and keep serving customers by ordering takeaway food, the public is helping to keep independent restaurants alive. Everyone who can should support their local establishments. Otherwise, when we emerge from lockdown, the UK’s food scene will be unrecognisable,” said Conor McCarthy, CEO of Flipdish.
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