Businesses Banding Together

By Camille Pierson
Yoga classes at home

In these trying times, it’s so important that everyone helps and supports each other as much as possible. Being part of a business network like BNI Hove Albion has been really helpful and a great inspiration as the members have found some innovative ways to keep going or transform their business to survive.  We wanted to share some of the ways our fellow businesses are adapting to the current circumstances because we think it’s so heartening to see what they’ve achieved.

Going Online

By going online with our yoga classes, we’ve managed to help people keep moving and boost their mental and physical wellbeing without needing to leave their homes.  We also hope to give people a sense of community by taking part in live classes all at the same time.  Other businesses which have done similar things include Transform Personal Training who are now training people over video calling, our very own Mel Davies of Horizon Chiropractic who is offering online consultations and advice for people suffering body pain, Bluebird Interiors who are creating wonderful 3D visualisations to help people decide how to decorate their homes, Bishop Sullivan Lettings are using video tours to show tenants around properties and Miss Bean’s Cakes have gone from making cakes to selling delicious nut butters online.  They’re vegan too.

Suiting Up and Cleaning Up

Obviously, some businesses can’t perform their services online but they are still needed so they are using extra PPE and taking special measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.  Voda Compliance are still making sure business’s water isn’t contaminated by Legionella but are also offering advice, free of charge, to people who want to know how to look after their premises’ water while it’s closed down.  Kingfisher Electrics, who have done a lot of work at The Float Spa, are also still working hard to keep our electrics safe and carry out vital work while wearing extra protective gear and OCC Oven Cleaning Company are staying out of your house completely but allowing you to clean your oven shelves and things in their dip tank.  Silver Star Cleaning are doing sterling work sanitising businesses and the homes of NHS workers plus carrying out essential work like needle sweeps and trauma scene clean ups.  Organising essential work are Priors Management who look after buildings and make sure their contractors are taking all the necessary precautions.

Bringing Joy or Help

Some businesses are choosing to give out information or just spread joy rather than carry out their usual activities while others are able to carry on their advice services as before.  Louise Gardiner of Travel Councillors has gone from selling holidays to offering advice on how people affected by travel chaos can get back to the UK.  Katie Gibson of Pier Recruitment is offering advice to businesses on the most efficient ways to rebuild their workforces while Xoomtalk are helping businesses sort out their telephony and network to help them work from home more easily.  Very Tall video producers are still editing videos and helping businesses formulate ideas for video content while Bespoke You beauty salons are offering online beauty and make up tutorials.  Businesses bringing joy include Nick Ford Photography who is using his high up flat, his amazing photography skills and his social media platforms to bring us all lots of beautiful pictures.  Online retailers like Develdes Chocolates and the Brighton Wine Company are keeping us all sane with their delicious deliveries and John Samuel (who usually mostly sell flooring) has been keeping us occupied by selling Little Greene paint so we can brighten up our homes.

It makes us feel a bit better about everything when we see people being so creative with their businesses and helping each other. If you’d like to know anything more about our new online yoga classes or our ‘pay it forward scheme’ which allows you to buy future floats and treatments for key workers, please call 01273 933 680 or email

About the Author:

Camille Pierson
Camille is the managing director of the Float Spa and a Trustee of the Brighton Yoga Foundation. She’s immensely proud of the community she’s built at the float spa and takes real pleasure from seeing yoga & floating transform people’s lives. She’s also a mother of two.

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