Businesses stepping up to the challenge

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A large number of Newquay’s food and drink businesses are delivering success against the odds, with many adapting the ways in which they operate in order to survive, thrive and support their local community.

During a time of social restriction and strict Government regulations, many food and drink-based businesses such as bars, health shops, cafes and restaurants are coming up with creative and flexible options to keep serving their Newquay customers.

From direct, delicious doorstep deliveries, contactless collections to swift email orders, a significant number of Newquay’s independent businesses continues to innovate and demonstrate a true resilience during a time of global crisis.

Some of these businesses include Sprout Health Foods, which has launched a new online ‘click and collect’ service, teaming up with local business, the El Huichol Mexican street food van, in order to deliver orders to households in Newquay and the surrounding areas.

The Jam Jar Café is creating and delivering boxes of its homemade, gluten free cakes and sausage rolls direct to doorsteps on a weekly basis, and the service has been so popular that demand already outstrips capacity.

FreshPoint Local continues to keep the community consuming their five-a-day with its fresh produce boxes, with around 75 bespoke order slots per day.

Other Newquay-based businesses that are delivering to front doors include Zaman’s Restaurant, whose team has also been out delivering free meals to NHS staff.

Co-owner of Sprout Health Foods, Claire Heron-Maxwell said: “We hope that our innovative response to the changing retail climate will support the local community, whilst continuing to provide employment for our dedicated staff team and contributing to the longevity of our business during these turbulent times.

“Like many other local businesses, we are constantly adapting our operation in response to the changing situation around us, which ultimately may see us innovating in ways that will continue to be beneficial, even after the restrictive measures imposed by the coronavirus pandemic are lifted.”

Carla Jones, Newquay Business Improvement District (BID) manager, added: “What some of the town’s businesses are doing during this time is truly remarkable. We are really proud to be part of such a vibrant, resilient network and we are constantly amazed at the creativity, innovation and spirit continually demonstrated.”