In Focus: A Lincoln Small Business Blog – Salted Orange
With the current outlook seeming gloomy for small businesses (myself included) I’m taking action and will be highlighting local businesses that are still operating and are depending on your business to weather the storm. It’s vital that we support small businesses like these so that they and their staff can continue to function. In this series of posts I’ll be showing a few pictures of them and chatting to them about how we can help and why it’s important for us to do so.
This is the fourth blog focuses on events catering company Salted Orange
Business Name: Salted Orange / Unconventional Distillery
Location: Whisby Way, Lincoln
Specialty: Wedding & event catering
Opening Times: 10am – 12am
Current level of service: Offering a meal delivery service for £20 to bring three meals a day to people over 65 and producing hand sanitiser. The meal plans can be ordered by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 07792 419730.
Salted Orange is a wedding and event caterer based in Lincoln. They are particularly special to me and my wife Fiona as we booked them for our wedding last year and Sam’s food was a big hit with our guests. Sam Owen, managing director of Salted Orange also is managing director of Unconventional Distillery which produces ‘Botanically distilled premium craft English rum’.
Reacting to recent events, Sam Owen and his team have launched a non-profit emergency meal service for over 65’s. They’re offering delivery of three meals a day, seven days a week for £20 to anyone in and around Lincoln. The service is now backed by Age UK who are helping with logistics. I got to sit down with Sam to hear about it and what he thinks of the current situation.
Currently we’re trying to get the word out massively regarding the meal delivery service. Food is a high priority and getting the word out to the elderly that maybe don’t have internet access, or don’t have regular communication that there is services out there for them to help with their meals is what we need.
With the distillery we’ve been in touch with County Council and are we are now in the process of producing hand sanitiser for all of the hospitals and all the other people in need for the council. We’re doing a small batch for local small businesses that may not be able to receive it in due time given the shortages we currently have.
Weddings are our main business and we’re coming up to peak season so the next 12 weeks are critical time. We’re in a very difficult position and we’re working with our wedding clients to move them and keep their day alive essentially.
Unfortunately we’re finding out that a lot of brides don’t have their wedding insurance as well so it is a very difficult time for everyone. We’ve had five weddings move already we’re looking at more. Some are a little more determined but we’ll just have to wait and see really.
We’d love to do all the weddings that have been booked and we’ve invested heavily but we just don’t know where we’re at at the minute. We want to make sure everyone is looked after but we can’t afford to pay the team if we don’t have that wedding money coming in.
All our corporate work with local businesses and venues have all but cancelled given the nature of things. Sales for the distillery has all but ceased at the moment as no one’s going out no one’s drinking, no one’s having alcohol so it’s a very testing time.
We’re reacting on a daily basis to what the government are saying. We’re hoping it calms down after this week and doesn’t keep escalating. Hopefully we’re going to survive this and be better because of it.
Looking at the bigger picture Sam had a lot to say about the opportunities for businesses in the current climate.
It’s an excellent opportunity to show what good humanity can do for everyone. From a person to person basis to a whole country. There’s an opportunity to support your neighbour, there’s an opportunity to support your community, to support local businesses who are providing a service. We’re doing this food non-profit. We’re not doing it for exposure, we’re doing it because we’re genuine human beings and we see the problem and we’re in a position that we can help. The more that we can help that the better. Panic buying and all stuff like that is not helping anyone it’s not helping your local community.
It’s community spirit, getting together and sharing information.
I think it’s an excellent opportunity for small businesses. Through chaos comes creativity. I think that there’s going to be a change. The high street change has been coming for a long time but I think this might be the final nail for the high street but big business mentality might change because supporting local businesses and working for local businesses keeps things local and keeps the pound in the city and in people’s pockets.
It was amazing to see how Sam is helping the community of Lincoln and using the skills he has to help others. It’s that community spirit that pushed me to create these blogs in the first place. It’s to help others and share our expertise. I hope this inspires others to do the same.
In Focus is a free service for any small business that is still operating during the outbreak and the best way to be involved is to email email@example.com with your details and what you’re still doing to keep business going. I hope to show people what’s out there in the local community and help people through these testing times. You can read more of the blogs by clicking the links below.
Akēdo is Lincoln’s first gaming bar, owned by Toby Rovezzano. It opened in 2016 and offers customers the ability to play console games new and old with friends, all whilst having a few beers available from their bar. Toby took time out to chat with me about the current outlook for Akēdo.
Mamma’s if a family run Italian bistro in the Carlton Centre. Owned by Sharon and Roger Day. They serve pizzas pastas and sandwiches and as well as favourites like Sunday lunches (available as a takeaway!) I sat down with one of the owners Sharon Day to get her take on the impact to her business.
Stringers Hairdressing is a Salon on the Lower High Street that has been serving Lincoln for twenty years. Co-owners Linda & Imogen Robinson run the salon with 7 other staff and provide colouring and hair styling. Here’s what Linda & Imogen had to say.