We’ve brought together a range of genuine offers from our partners, enabling independent retailers to benefit from discounts and promotions during these difficult trading conditions.
Here at the Guild of Fine Food we have been supporting those who sell and make food for 40 years. Our industry faces an incredibly challenging time and we must ensure our own businesses survive, but it is in everyone’s interests to ensure that independent food retail is here to stay.
There are huge demands on the sector, which are creating BOTH challenges and opportunities. There is also an awful lot of information circulating the internet and social media that generically helps business and individuals: all useful
We are working hard to put together resources to support all those involved in our sector:
Make sure you are signed up for our support bulletin: sent out at every fortnight, full of information specifically relevant to independent food retailers and the producers who supply them. It will give you practical business support.
If you are an independent retailer and do not currently receive a printed copy of Fine Food Digest and would like to going forward, please apply here.
As part of our support for small food & drink businesses, we continue to help you navigate the Brexit maze by picking out salient links and points that you should read and act upon. Check out ourlatest advice on Brexit here.
Advice on labelling and Natasha's Law
With Natasha’s Law coming in to effect from 1 October 2021, we are putting together a special support package for Guild members to help ensure you are compliant with the new labelling laws specifically relating to foods that are prepacked for direct sale.
The package will include:
Overview of requirements, signposting relevant online resources and software that can assist in reaching labelling compliance
Online workshop for Guild members, with a dedicated Q&A section. This will be a bookable event for limited numbers and focus on implementation and compliance of the labelling laws.
If you are a Guild member, further information and a link to book into the workshop will be sent to your company’s Guild membership contact when available. For more information on becoming a member of the Guild, please click here.
Printable signage to keep staff & customers safe
Government guidelines on social distancing is due to be published shortly. In the meantime, through our affinity partnership, you can use these ACS resources:
The key rule is a 2 meter distance between each customer and between customers and your staff. The best way to do this is with floor markings and signage.
Please also consider:
Number of people in store at busy periods
How you restock safely (consider closing aisles, closing store to restocking period, using bollards/markers to separate customers & staff)
The full government list of essential retail businesses can be found here. “Supermarkets and other food shops, petrol stations, corner shops, newsagents and post offices” can remain open as long as they adhere to social distancing guidelines.
In the Press
As part of its wide-ranging support for small retailers and producers during the COVID-19 crisis, the Guild of Fine Food has been working hard to connect with the press to champion the work of the independents, sharing innovations and success stories from across our food and drink community.
See the latest activity over in our press room here.
Communicating your message
You’ve taken in the situation. You’ve adapted your business.
Now you’re keen to get your message out there, but you’re not sure how.
Finding the time to market your business can often be a challenge when you are busy with customer orders, coordinating supply issues and managing staff. Now, more so than ever.
Your regional press will want to spread the word about local businesses going the extra mile, so a press release can be a great way to get your message out to both new and existing customers. We’ve created a DIY press release template, where you can add in your details and initiatives, along with a factsheet on some tops tips for finding and engaging with press contacts.
Please continue to share your stories with us – they are helping other businesses with ideas and best practice across our sector. You can share them by email to firstname.lastname@example.org and via our social media pages (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn).
How to contact the Guild
The Guild of Fine Food team are currently working from our Gillingham and London offices, and from home, depending on department.
Please contact the team via the following email addresses: