Supporting Small Businesses in Dublin
29th April 2020
Last week, co:dublin launched it’s directory of local Dublin restaurants, cafes, shops, and other services around the city that have adapted their business offerings to stay operating during the Covid-19 shut down.
co:dublin is a 100% volunteer based project, set up as more and more local businesses struggle to stay operating and keep staff. The directory lists businesses lucky enough to be able to adapt online and service their customers throughout the lockdown by switching to a delivery or takeout service, offering gift vouchers, or streaming online classes.
The site already lists 36 local businesses including cafes like 3fe, who are now re-opening within social distancing parameters as well as restaurants like BuJo Burger and Fallon & Byrnes who are now delivering meals and drinks while everyone stays at home. Health and wellness studios like Flux Lab, and Reformation are featured as they have been able to move classes online.
The site also lists Vouch For, another Irish non-profit launched by Recroot founders, Cian Farrell and Nev Flynn. Vouch For allows customers to purchase digital vouchers for their favorite restaurants around Ireland that can be redeemed at a later date when business returns to usual.
co:dublin was launched by Web Summit VP, Aoileann Ni Chuilleanain, Web Summit alumni, and now early-stage investor at Techstars Investments, Declan Kelly, and product designer Jaqueline Chen both based out of Berlin.
“We got in touch with Jaqueline Chen and set up co:dublin as we know how integral local businesses are to the cultural and social fiber of our community. Small business owners in Dublin have been incredibly creative adapting to social distancing and government guidelines. They’re working endlessly to keep their businesses operating in some capacity and keep their staff employed,” says co:dublin host, Aoileann Ni Chuilleanain.
“We want co:dublin to drive as much local support online to those who had worked so hard to set up shop in the first place and help them survive. Covid-19 is testing them greatly and hopefully, co:dublin and Vouch For can play a part in supporting them”.
co:dublin website: http://www.codublin.co/
co:dublin Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/codublinco/
Vouch For website: https://www.vouchfor.ie/
Vouch For Twitter: https://twitter.com/vouch_for
Vouch For Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/vouch_for/