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Fancy a bite? Firms are turning to collection and delivery amid coronavirus

Fancy a bite? Firms are turning to collection and delivery amid coronavirus

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Fancy a bite? Firms are turning to collection and delivery amid coronavirus

A host of food producers, restaurants and cafes are turning to delivery and collection amid the coronavirus crisis.

From coffee shops, to sandwiches and high-end food, businesses from across Northern Ireland are adapting their business model in a bid to continue trading and survive amid lockdown.

The demand for such services has prompted the creation of a social media account, Who Is Delivering NI. It showcases those firms now offering up collection and delivery services – including a map showing each business’s location.

The Who Is Delivering NI page is on both Facebook and Instagram.

The page was set up by makeup artist, Katrina Doran. "Who Is Delivering NI is a directory of over 600 businesses delivering groceries and provisions from the basics like milkmen and fresh fruit and veg boxes to deliveries of special meals and celebration cakes for birthdays in lockdown," she told Ulster Business.

"As a makeup artist in the film industry – which was put on hold for six weeks initially – I decided to do something that might be helpful for people who were self isolating and needed their groceries delivered – as even at the early stages the bigger supermarkets were overwhelmed.  

"A lot of what I do in the film industry is actually project management – managing hair and make up artists doing different looks in different locations and having to have everything prepared and ready each day – so this is just a food project rather than a hair and makeup one.

"I had no idea how many businesses would actually deliver and started with an MVP (minimum viable product) on the Instagram page to see if there was demand. It has been a little overwhelming but with the help of my good friend Mairead Skeffington and a web developer who specialises in maps, Kate O'Loan, as well as a few others, we started to gather info and sort it into topics and locations and built up a spreadsheet that was used to create the map. We're in the process of updating the database so it will be even better come the weekend.

"Primarily it's a great way for people to easily access info on how to get food delivered but it's also a support to Northern Irish producers, local businesses and artisans - and connecting them to customers."

Some of those restaurants offering delivery now include the follow:

The Poacher’s Pocket, Comber

Mumbai 27, Belfast

Six by Nico, Belfast

Spaghetti Junction, Derry

Stock Kitchen, Belfast

Yugo, Belfast

Turkey Street Food, Belfast

Blu Budda Thai, Bangor

Noble, Holywood

Cafe Cuan, Belfast

Freight, Belfast

Snaubs, Newry

Amici, Portstewart

Cyprus Avenue, Belfast

Take a look at the Who Is Delivering NI map for a wide list of those offering a range of collection or delivery services