Manchester’s largest street food fair GRUB has set up a new policy for ‘influencers’ and it aims to offer support to local community initiatives during “tough times”.
The popular street food event – which is currently based at the Red Bank Project in Cheetham Hill and is held weekly every Friday, Saturday and Sunday – has spoken out this weekend to propose a deal to influencers, which will see local food banks benefit.
The proposed deal comes after it was revealed that GRUB had been receiving a number of recent requests from influencers to be provided with free food and drinks in return for promotional posts on social media.
GRUB did not feel this was a particularly suitable policy at this time and felt more could be done.
Sharing across social platforms this weekend, GRUB said: “We will happily provide a bounty of grub & booze for you to post on your socials, but you will pay full price for those items.
“We will then donate an equal amount to your bill to a local food bank charity so that someone in need can eat, plus we’ll share your post and profile on our social media so everyone knows you are supporting your community in these tough times.”
GRUB stated that it believes “this seems like the best way to do things” at the moment in the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The announcement of this new policy over the weekend has been met with widespread support from both members of the public and other local businesses and eateries, with the post going on to amass thousands of likes and hundreds of comments on social media.
GRUB has also confirmed on Twitter this morning that the first donation to local food bank Mustard Tree – a charity helping to combat poverty and prevent homelessness in Greater Manchester – has been made following a visit from an influencer this weekend.
It has also encouraged members of the public to make their own donations to the “important work” that Mustard Tree is doing at a “crucial time with [the furlough scheme] now coming to an end [and] hearing of more and more hospitality (and other industries) redundancies”.
For advanced bookings and to find out more information, you can visit the GRUB website here.
The COVID-19 pandemic may have taken its toll on industries of all shapes and sizes over these past few months, but supporting local/independent business has never been more important than it is right now.
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You can buy half Christmas trees so you don’t have to decorate the full thing
December is nearly ready for rolling around once again.
It’s time to reach out the decorations out and get into the festive spirit, but for those who’d consider themselves a bit lazy, there’s an invention that could be a life saver, and it’s quite honestly genius.
You can now buy ‘half Christmas trees’ – otherwise known as or ‘against the wall Christmas trees’.
Unless your tree’s going to placed in front of a street-facing window for rafts of passers-by to see on a daily basis, it can be really tempting to just not decorate the back of it at all, right? The faff off trying to evenly-distribute strings of lights, tinsel and baubles around a full tree is often a lot more trouble than it’s worth, especially when it’s not going to be properly seen anyway.
Some would probably say it’s pointless, and it’s this thought that has presumably prompted companies to start selling these ‘half Christmas trees’.
If you’re wondering what a ‘half Christmas tree’ is, it’s basically exactly as it sounds – half a tree.
Half Christmas trees – which are also a great option for those with slightly less space to dedicate to seasonal decorations – are available in various places, and for all manner of budgets, so it should be fairly easy to get your hands on one this festive season.
According to the product description on the Very website: “This may look like a regular Christmas tree, but it’s been cleverly designed so that one side is completely flat, so no matter how limited your space might be, you and your family can still enjoy the magic of having a tree in your home,”
“Standing an impressive 6ft tall and featuring 511 tips for a lush look, you can stand it flat against the wall to save on valuable floor space,
“It also means you don’t have to worry about any of your favourite decorations being out of sight at the back”.
If you’re looking for something a little cheaper though, then there’s plenty of different options available on eBay and Amazon too, and our pick for this would be the vidaXL Artificial Half Christmas Tree – which is currently being sold on eBay by a number of different sellers for prices starting at £24.