A Scottish based snack delivery start-up has found ways to thrive during COVID-19 and achieve growth despite the difficult environment.
The business, Healthy Nibbles was originally created to provide tech-enabled healthy vending machines to offices in London, however, due to the national lockdown founder Sara Roberts had to pivot her idea.
Sara trialled home delivery of healthy snacks at the start of lockdown and found there was a huge demand for her products as employers searched for new ways to motivate their staff from home.Quick to identify that the working from home culture originally enforced by government restrictions was more than just a fleeting moment, Sara has now adapted her service to deliver healthy snacks across the country direct to employees’ homes. “Since founding Healthy Nibbles, I’ve learnt that as a small business owner you need to make the most of the challenges that come your way and not be afraid to re-evaluate your business plan if circumstances change” says founder Sara. “Initially I was concerned about the impact working from home regulations would have on Healthy Nibbles, but I am confident that I have been able to find a new way for Healthy Nibbles to add value to customers during this uncertain time, and beyond” she continues to add.
The COVID-19 crisis has been especially taxing on UK small businesses. Research suggests that one in ten small businesses have lost all of their business during the pandemic. And as the British economy is likely to suffer the worst damage from the crisis of any country in the developed world, many business are looking for innovative ways to adapt their business models to survive.“We recognise that in the current environment small businesses across the UK are facing significant challenges. However, it’s brilliant to see that some businesses are finding ways to make the disruption work for them and are thriving as a result” comments Richard Bearman, the Managing Director of Start Up Loans He continues.. “We urge everyone to continue supporting small businesses, which will play a large part in our economic recovery, as they adapt to ever-changing demands without the financial insulation that many larger firms have access to.”
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