It's a tough time for local businesses. While big retailers reap the benefits of an entire country panic buying food and household goods, the little guy is suffering.
The spread of COVID-19 has prompted bulk buying and isolation to become a thing for literally millions of people – town centres have fewer people in them and those who have travelled in are not sticking around when it's time to leave.
This means that independent businesses such as bars, restaurants, bakeries, barbershops and hairdressers, and gyms are preparing for what they believe will be a very gloomy few months – and they're already experiencing a dip in foot fall before they've even had time to prepare for it.
One of these local businesses is Northern Quarter staple Dive NQ, who, in an attempt to drive business while helping you save, have re-introduced a popular offer and extended the timings of another.
Basically, for the foreseeable future, you'll be able to spend 50% less on food at the late night venue, as well as enjoy their 2-4-1 drinks offer until much later (5pm until 12am) a whole 7 days a week.
Their popular Zumu street food menu is packed with high quality, tasty food – and features favourites such as Chicken Katsu Curry, Bao Buns & sushi rolls.
In a statement, Dive wrote: "To all our loyal customers, first off, thank you to those who have already come down and shown their support so far in this uncertain time.
"Be that as it may, we are remaining positive as ever and we want to keep the momentum going from the fantastic last few months.
"Here at Dive NQ, we understand that we have to take COVID-19 seriously, but if you are feeling well, we urge you to come and show your support to local businesses.
"We have made the decision to remain open until we are advised otherwise in an attempt to keep our Northern Quarter thriving."
They continue: "We’ve decided to keep our 50% off food offer active until further notice, and will continue serving 2-4-1 drinks as well. We are also extending this until midnight seven days a week.
"We want to reassure you that we are doing our best to uphold our already fantastic hygiene standards as well as implementing new measures in the kitchen and beyond.
Stay safe and we hope to see you soon."
As always, you will need to book in advance to enjoy all of the above, but due to popular demand Dive has increased its covers, which means there will be much more availability at peak hours.
For more information and to book in with Dive NQ, check out their website here.
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