Supporting local businesses has always been important to us!
Lentil Marketing has started working with Isle of Wight based, Not for Profit (NFP) organisation, A to Z to Me. Founder, Ian Winter, set this ‘support local’ initiative up in the midst of 2020’s COVID-19 pandemic to help support local businesses and communities across the Isle of Wight.
So, what does A to Z to Me aim to do and how?
Utilising its fantastic business directory with interactive map and services list, A to Z to Me allows a free platform for businesses to list their services and products with the key target of those who can offer delivery or collection services. The idea is to offer a stress-free, COVID-safe way to shop, while still supporting our local highstreets and independent businesses.
When you land on the A to Z to Me website, you’re hit with the huge interactive map of the Isle of Wight that allows you to search your local area for delivery options from businesses listed on the site. You can use the site as a customer to locate shops, restaurants or takeaways to support or you can use it as a business owner and sign your business up for a FREE listing! (Yes, we really did say FREE!)
Not for profit business… Leads to, awesome freebies!
Yes, that’s right… Because A to Z to Me is a NFP, the team allow you to sign your business up to the site for FREE! This means you can take advantage of their own advertising campaign to promote supporting local businesses on the Isle of Wight as well as their mentions of their registered businesses AND, you can also take advantage to the potential boost to your own business SEO, website and maybe even new clients brought to your business.
The A to Z to Me website has a huge selection with now more than 165 live businesses all offering their services across the whole of the Isle of Wight… Above you will see just a small handful of the options. Karito’s Kitchen offer stunning Columbian food boxes delivered to your doorstep (delivery area limitations.) They also have the fantastic business – The Little Nook, offering a range of homemade and local produce hampers that would make the perfect Christmas gift. Lastly, the Sun Inn, Calbourne where you can collect or have a local delivery of finely prepared, stunning pub food!
(The Sun Inn have impressed the Island’s community by staying open all through 2020 with a diversification of their trade, offering local delivery and collection services as well as the ‘Lockdown shop’ providing a fantastic service to their community.)
Check out the service list on A to Z to Me now – Click here – You will see a full list of suppliers for the whole Island.
What else can you do on the A to Z to Me website? Well, you can – Search by supplier, search by category, search by area, create your own account, contact suppliers direct, link to a suppliers social media platforms… Plus, so much more! Have Christmas delivered to your door this year, stay home, stay warm and most importantly, stay safe with contactless delivery!
It isn’t all about the shopping though…
You’ll not only find great foodie or gift shop businesses on the A to Z to Me website, you will also find a whole host of businesses offering a range of services from electrical solutions, IT support and Tech repairs. All offering safe, COVID working practices at your home or collection of service for any repairs you might need. Search the category tab to select the area in which you need assistance.
It is time to support local…
With all that has happened this year (the dreaded 2020) we need to be there for our neighbours, supporting them and their businesses. This is certainly not a short-term mission. We need to support our independent businesses or, quite simply, we will lose them! Our highstreets, our little businesses hidden away in people’s homes or sheds, they really are relying on us!
Blog by Kai Davis – Lentil Marketing for A to Z to Me.