Essex Businesses To Support During COVID-19

Essex businesses to support during covid-19

So, it’s something little different from me today! I love writing about things to do in Essex and places to eat and visit, but during these uncertain times, I thought it would be a nice idea to put together a guide on local Essex businesses to support during these times! I put a post out on social and got some great feedback from local businesses nominating themselves, and people sending across their recommendations, so I’ve added them to this guide for you to check out.

I’m looking to add just about any type of local business in the line up – whether it be food, leisure items, jewellery, flowers, alcohol etc. If you’re from Essex and you have a business – I want to hear about it!

The below list isn’t in any particular order – but I may look to section it out if I have a variety of businesses to add, i.e. food, leisure, hospitality, services etc!

I’m going to regularly update this post with Essex businesses that I come across and hear about. If you know of any that I haven’t included please let me know in the comments, or if you have a company yourself, let me know and I’ll add you in. πŸ™‚


Tiptree Patisserie

Tiptree afternoon tea

Tiptree Patisserie are offering free contactless home delivery on their products, on essentials such as eggs, flour and bread. They are also providing a Tiptree afternoon tea for Β£20, which includes: 4 fruit scones, 4 pieces of carrot cake, 4 pieces of lemon drizzle cake, 8 handmade shortbread biscuits and 4 Tiptree mini strawberry jams. Customers can also add a bottle of Tiptree Fruit Gin Liqueur for Β£15! The service runs Monday – Friday; just call 01376 509101 to order.

You can find out more here and on their social profiles: Twitter and Instagram.


Tappd Cocktails

Tappd Cocktails deliver pre-bottled cocktails to Essex, with some locations offering a same day delivery option! Choose from Pina Colada, Sex on the Beach, Stawberry Daiquiri, Mojito, Pornstar Martini and Espresso Martini. You can purchase a case per flavour, or they offer mixed boxes of 6 and 12 cocktails. They’re popular amongst many celebs in Essex, and have even featured on This Morning!

You can find out more here and on their social profiles: Facebook and Instagram.


Fresh Food Chelmsford

Fresh Food Chelmsford are a local business offering fruit, veg and meat boxes to doors contactlessly. The boxes are jam packed with fresh produce, bursting with flavour and colour. A quick browse of their social media platforms and you’ll find fruit boxes, veg boxes, BBQ meat boxes and egg boxes!

You can find out more on their social profiles: Facebook and Instagram.


Shaken Udder

Shaken Udder have adapted to the pandemic by implementing Safe to Work processes at their new offices, so that the majority of the team can work from home. Although they have seen a decline in sales for stores located in city centres, the travel sector and festival season, the business has seen a rise in sales for main estate stores and Direct-to-Sales which has increased by over 225%.

They also recently shared a recipe by Matilda Bourne for a delicious Eton Mess Semifreddo!

You can find out more here and on their social profiles: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.



ACanteen is a personal favourite of mine that I would love to shout about – they’ve recently opened up a pop-up style service Thursday-Sunday serving up brunch, dinner and drinks! From 8.30am-2.30pm, you can visit the restaurant for brunch items including sausage and bacon sandwiches, acai bowls, bagels and salad boxes – not forgetting the extensive drink offerings including coffee, tea, milkshakes, iced coffee and cocktails and beers! In the evening, they offer click & collect on pizzas, burgers and lots of combo meal deals. They seem to be adding extra items every week – so keep your eyes peeled for something new!

You can find out more here and on their social profiles: Instagram and Facebook.


Cheeky Pudding Company

Cheeky Pudding Company seem to be a relatively new business, offering a nationwide postal delivery service on brownies and blondies, with free local delivery! They’re also launching a cheesecake club soon to tie in with their new website launch, which is a two-weekly subscription box for 5 new exciting cheesecake flavours to be delivered to your door!

You can find out more here and on their social profiles: Instagram and Facebook.


Flowers by KC

Flowers by KC is a local florist, delivering a range of bespoke hand tied bouquets, funeral tributes, wedding flowers and silk flower arrangements. To adapt to the current limitations, Flowers by KC now offer a contact-less delivery service so that people can still send and receive the beautiful gift of a bouquet of flowers!

You can find out more on their social profiles: Instagram and Facebook.


Crumbs Alive

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Crumbs Alive delivers home baked treats including brownies, stuffed cookies, fudge, decorated chocolate slabs and an array of colourful sprinkle doughnuts, and ring doughnuts including Biscoff, Nutella and Kinder spread. Crumbs Alive are based in Chelmsford, and deliver locally every week. 

You can find out more on their social profiles: Instagram.


Cocktails and Calamari

Cocktails and Calamari serve up street food at KERB in London, and have now started producing Spanish DIY home meal kits to order on Thursday and Friday night! The kits are made for 2 and 4 people, and include: seafood paella, saffron marinated king prawns, mussels, charred vegetables, romesco sauce, ciabatta and olives, 1ltr sangria and habas fritas!

You can find out more here and on their social profiles: Instagram.


Get in touch!

Do you run a business in Essex, or know someone who does? Let me know, I’d love to include it in this round up of Essex businesses to support during COVID-19!



  1. July 27, 2020 / 2:29 pm

    Wow what lovely local companies! I love Tiptree Jam, have been to the tearooms a few times too.

    Will definitely head over and check some of these out!

    • hannah
      September 21, 2020 / 11:15 am

      Tiptree is great isn’t it! They have some great products, their liquers are amazing too!

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