Joel Thomas was a professional rugby player before opening his own gym, The Conditioning Centre, with his fiancé in The Cotswolds.
When gyms were forced to close on 20th March, Joel started using his Volkswagen Caddy to set up a home rental service for fitness equipment to allow his clients to train and stay fit during lockdown. As measures have gradually eased, he has also been offering one-to-one socially distanced personal training sessions and sold second-hand equipment.
When not on the road or with clients, Joel has invested his remaining time reorganising his space, ready for when clients are able to come back to the gym, ensuring they can exercise safely. To find out more about The Conditioning Centre, please visit: www.theconditioningcentre.co.uk
SIS4ERS DISTILLERY is a family-run business, set up by the four McAvoy sisters. When the pandemic began to gain momentum in the UK, the sisters quickly shifted from producing Gin to producing WHO (World Health Organisation) approved hand sanitizer to provide much needed supplies for the NHS, Care Homes and many other organisations supporting vulnerable people during the crisis.
The sisters have now produced more than 10,000 litres of sanitiser so far and plan to continue to do so for as long as necessary to help the community. To find out more about SIS4ERS DISTILLERY, please visit: www.sis4ersdistillery.com
Smith & Brock
Smith & Brock was founded in 2016 by brothers Joe and Nick and has grown to become a large wholesale supplier of fresh produce to hotels, restaurants, pubs and schools all over the UK.
After many of their clients were forced to close their doors on 20th March, Smith & Brock had to change its business model rapidly to cater to people at home instead. The brothers created a website in less than a week that enabled them to take orders directly.
The pair now deliver fresh fruit and vegetables to their growing customer base across the UK. To find out more about Smith & Brock, please visit: www.smithandbrock.co.uk
Primrose Hall Peonies
Award-winning specialist peony nursery, Primrose Hall Peonies relies on Flower Shows around the UK, and in particular RHS Flower Shows, for at least 50% of its annual turnover. Once all this summer’s shows has been postponed or cancelled, it was clear the business would have to adapt.
The Bedfordshire based Nursery Primrose Hall Peonies had to think fast to keep their business moving. With the help of their Volkswagen Crafter they have expanded their home delivery service, so that people at home can still enjoy their beautiful flowers. To find out more about Primrose Hall Peonies, please visit: https://primrosehallpeonies.co.uk/
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