Times are tough for everyone, and many small businesses like our own will close their doors forever as a result of the coronavirus, through no fault of their own.

While we all navigate this tricky period, it would be great if you would consider helping to support small businesses wherever possible. Here are some examples of how you might be able to help (and they don't all cost money):

1. Place an order with a small business instead of a giant

Many are able to offer similar delivery speeds and levels of customer service, and your support will be appreciated so much more!

2. Show some support via social media

Why not spread the word about your favourite small business on social media? One of your friends might place an order, and even if they don't, the business will still feel the love!

3. If you've placed an order in the past, leave a review

Most small businesses collect reviews from providers like Trustpilot, Facebook or Google. If you've ordered from them in the past (even if not recently), why not take this opportunity to leave a review and help inform potential future customers?

4. Buy a gift voucher

If you don't need to buy anything from a particular business now, why not buy a gift voucher to use in the future? They will certainly be grateful to have the income sooner rather than later.

5. If you do choose to order from Amazon, use AmazonSmile

Although only a tiny percentage, if you place your Amazon orders through smile.amazon.co.uk (having selected your charity of choice), your charity will receive a small donation based on your purchase value.

If you have any other good ideas for ways to support small businesses through the coronavirus crisis, do let us know and we'll add them to the list!