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How Maidenhead Businesses Have Adapted During Coronavirus - Essential Living

How Maidenhead Businesses Have Adapted During Coronavirus

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Covid-19 has forced all of us into many changes, from adapting to working from home to sacrificing our social lives and so much more. One of the positives to come out of the last few months, however, is the feeling of community and togetherness – even though we can’t be close physically.

That strong sense of community has kept many local businesses going, as they adapt to the new norms and provide local residents with services during tough times. In Maidenhead, community has become a keyword thanks to local companies who have taken the coronavirus pandemic head-on.

Here are their stories…

Strawberry Grove

Strawberry Grove is the spot for Maidenhead locals to enjoy a delicious brunch. And while it will undoubtedly be one of the first places residents head to once restaurants re-open, it’s had to adapt its service during the lockdown.

The brunch hotspot is offering delivery services while we’re unable to go to restaurants, making sure its delicious snacks like salt beef bagels and range of craft ales and wines are still available to the public. Strawberry Grove has also committed to delivering essential foods, like eggs, fruit and vegetables, to those most in need.

Follow Strawberry Grove @grove_fine

Caldesi in Campagna

Another local favourite, Caldesi in Campagna is an Italian restaurant that serves Tuscan cuisine. During the lockdown last year, Caldesi pivoted its business model by offering a full delivery service to anyone located within a two-mile radius.

Caldesi delivers fine Italian produce, making sure that locals can still get their Italian treats. So while it’s impossible to get that full restaurant experience, residents of Maidenhead can still enjoy top-notch food while they wait for favourite eateries to re-open.

Follow Caldesi in Campagna @caldesi_in_campagna

Tony Sheldon Travel

Restaurants have perhaps had an easier shift than many other businesses, moving to a food-delivery service where needed. But what if your company is based in the travel industry during a time when no one can go anywhere?

Tony Sheldon Travel made a choice to move its employees to remote working and focused on helping lots of worried Brits who were stranded abroad during the coronavirus outbreak in March. The travel company also worked hard to change bookings for those whose travel plans had been affected by the pandemic, and plan that well deserved future break.

Follow Tony Sheldon Travel @TonySheldonTrav

Norden Farm

As a cultural centre for arts in Maidenhead, Norden Farm plays a huge role in the local community and has an eclectic events calendar. However, once again, Norden Farm has had to shut its doors for the enforced nationwide lockdown.

Norden Farm has kept that community spirit high by collaborating with others to bring virtual shows to people’s living rooms, including an 80s keep-fit session. There have also been online classes and workshops for adults and children alike to learn new creative skills while they’re stuck indoors.

Follow Norden Farm @nordenfarm

The Rebellion Beer Company

The Rebellion Beer Company in nearby Marlow may have closed its doors temporarily, but it’s continued to deliver locally. It set up a brand-new home delivery service, ensuring that locals could still get beers from a local business that has been going strong for 27 years.

Alongside the home-delivery service is a well-thought-out on-site drive-through at the brewery. The Rebellion Beer Company is also offering 20% off all orders to NHS workers who buy via the drive-through delivery service.

Follow The Rebellion Beer Company @rebellionbeer

Berkshire Live

Berkshire Live, part of Reach PLC, launched its #ThereWithYou campaign to support local businesses with a wealth of free products and solutions during the initial lockdown. Some of the services offered include the creation of free promotional content in the form of videos and landing pages.

Other benefits from Berkshire Live include complementary and creative services. Acting Editor-in-Chief, David Bartlett, said, “We want to do all we can to help local businesses survive this crisis and be fighting fit and ready to go when we emerge from this crisis.”

Follow Berkshire Live @berkshirelive

Goyals School Uniform & Workwear

Goyals, a local school uniform shop, swapped jumpers and blazers for face visors and disposable gowns, distributing £100,000 of personal protective equipment (PPE) to those who needed them most across the country during the lockdown.

From hospitals to doctors surgeries and paediatricians, plenty of places have benefitted from the much-needed PPE. It’s quite the shift for a company who is more used to getting the little ones ready for school with brand new uniforms.

Follow Goyals @GoyalsMHead

Light at the end of the tunnel

Covid-19 has presented its fair share of challenges to all of us, and it’s great to see so many local businesses rising to the occasion. From food delivery to PPE, your favourite Maidenhead shops and restaurants have adapted in these unprecedented times and shown that they’re true staples of the community.

There hasn’t been much good news in the past few months, but the companies on this list have made everyone proud and brought hope about at a time when it’s needed most.

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