How did we come about?
We are a small group of normal people (if there is such a thing) who just wanted to work together, use each of our different skill’s set to make a difference. To help people like us suffering from the financial realities of the Covid-19 crisis.
We all fully recognise that the health of people comes first, but we were also struck by the posts and stories of some of our fellow business owners. The utter sadness and despair of their personal stories really hit us hard. This went far beyond finances, this was the wellbeing and mental health of thousands of us. We’d really appreciate it if you read some of these in our “small businesses stories” section.
It is also important to say that all of these business owners were also concerned, worried, anxious about their employees’ future not just their own… so these thousands became millions. The stress and worry of being responsible for surviving in order to support their employees was at times unbearable.
The full back story
The Businesses United story began as avid followers of the #forgottenltd campaign. We’d read so many stories of despair, financial impossibility and more. We wanted to help, we wanted to work together, to do our best to help all of our businesses to survive.
We reached out for volunteers (and were so happy when they came in thick and fast) and there started to form the seed of the “Businesses United” website.
We started to brainstorm what we could do to make a real difference, even if just a small one, even if it just gave people hope that we will get through this… and this is what we came up with.
Why: What is our purpose?
“Help small businesses that are struggling due to COVID19 and lack of government support. We want to support each other, collaborate and be proactive both now and longer term.
How: What Makes us Different?
- Connecting small businesses, sharing ideas within the community. Building relationships between complementary businesses. Offering trade for services exchange or discounted rates. In summary, less focus on competition between us and more on collaboration
What: Our Product / Service
A digital directory searchable by area and specialism that works also to creates links/communication between complementary businesses
…and so “Businesses United” was born
We have united to create one space where anyone can come and help small businesses survive. In this space you will find professional, hard working small businesses, with a vast range of trades who can help get the work you need, done – and also help communities and families thrive.
This site was built by volunteers find out more in the About Us section.