Most Britons will agree that their ‘local’ is usually the home to a greater sense of community. It’s where you catch up with friends, support your neighbours’ businesses and enjoy your down-time. However, since the Government’s announcement to close all pubs – along with clubs and theatres to curb the spread of COVID-19, we have had to see the doors of our locals temporarily close for the foreseeable.
As a pub owner, you may be worried about the uncertain future of your business right now while nothing is ‘business as usual’. However, have you considered how you can keep your pub moving through the current climate and how you can serve your community through these tough times? Here are some of our top tips to keep the wheels turning, while the pints are on pause…
Top Tips For Keeping Your Pub Moving Through COVID-19
Online Pub Quiz
While we are all socially distancing ourselves right now, there has never been a stronger sense of ‘community’ online. Ask yourself, throughout the current lockdown – how many times have you picked up the phone to friends and family compared to before? Now that we cannot pop over for a visit, we are turning to technology to bring us together more than ever before.
Why not host your very own online pub quiz? Inform your punters (whether that be via email or social media) and set up a virtual call; whether that be via Skype, Zoom, Facebook, and then all that’s left to do is prepare your questions and get started!
Offer Gift Vouchers / Hampers To Win
Offering gift vouchers that your customers can purchase, putting money in your till throughout this dry spell, to use once your doors re-open. Not only does this support you financially, but it also gives your customer more reason to visit once normality resumes.
One issue you may be facing is that you have no ways or means of shifting new stock that you ordered prior to the lockdown. Why not set up an online competition where your winner can be awarded with a personal hamper?
Offer Your Premises
If your local community is looking for ways to supply the elderly or vulnerable with produce that is in high supermarket demand, then why not offer your premises as a depot? While your pub is currently no use to you, you can alternatively store the produce ready for delivery.