1) Get involved with local charities
A great way to show the customers that you’re giving back to the community is to donate to local charities. There are many ways to do this. Simply having collection boxes on the bar in your restaurant works or you can consider donating a percentage of a special food item to a charity too. This is also a good way to upsell a specific dish.
2) Buying local
Developing friendships with the businesses surrounding you is a surefire way to cultivate loyalty and find a network of regular customers. It is extremely likely that wherever you may be in the world, not including the North Pole or somewhere equally remote, there’ll be local food companies, ice companies, alcohol and drinks companies, electrical companies – the list is endless – all waiting to connect with you.
3) Hosting meet-and-greets
Researching all the different community groups in your area and inviting them to use your venue as a meeting spot where the can host events is a great way to develop relationships. Think of local schools, book clubs, sports clubs – anything and everything! A plus side is, you may find a group that you can join too!
Start projects that giveaway meals or treats to those in your local community who most deserve it as well as rewarding them for their fundraising efforts. You could even ask members of the public to vote for their favourite local business.
5) Food banks
A great way to help any local homeless shelters is to start up a food bank in your restaurant. This could be something as simple as creating a food donations box that anyone can give to. Or, you could offer to cater for the shelter once or twice a month. There are some great apps out there too, like
OLIO, a food sharing network, who aims to reduce food waste. It’s super easy to get involved. 6) Promote local businesses
Make sure to include a page on your
website that highlights all the wonderful local businesses who are supplying your food and drink. For example, if you stock delicious sourdough from a local bakery, let people know! Many people will be interested, especially if they live locally, just where these delicious ingredients have been sourced. 7) Catering Services
Any local food festivals or charity events coming up? Why not offer up your wonderful catering services! It’s a great way to increase your fanbase. Plus, you may be offered many more catering jobs in the future.
Getting involved with your local community should be exciting!
contact with the Captivate team this week and we’ll help you develop lifelong friendships and a sea of happy, regular customers.
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