COVID-19 resources for retailers and restaurants

Get the news and resources you need to stay informed and protect your business.

Last updated on
March 24, 2020 @ 16:09 AM

COVID-19 resources for retailers and restaurants

To our merchants

At Lightspeed, we firmly believe that as independent businesses, you are vital hubs for human connection and interaction. At this unprecedented moment in time, as our capacity to come together in a physical space is temporarily put on pause due to the impact of COVID-19, we want to assure you that we will get through this exceptionally challenging period, together.

From resources to help keep your business going to tips for using your downtime to catch up on operational tasks, we've gathered the information you need to help keep you safe, informed and productive during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We’re also offering tools and access to new revenue streams to help you navigate and adapt to the necessary changes in consumer behaviour that we are witnessing on a daily basis. Please reach out for details on how we can help your business.

What we're doing for our merchants.

Lightspeed is offering tools and access to new revenue streams to help you adapt during this difficult time*.

For our retailers

3 free months of Lightspeed eCom

For our restaurateurs

3 free months of Lightspeed delivery integration

* Only valid for new activations, no purchase obligation beyond 3 months.

Strategies for weathering the storm

Strategies for weathering the storm

Tips and resources to help you access financial aid, cut costs and maximise profitability to keep your retail or hospitality business going.

Look to ecommerce to keep serving customers.

Now more than ever, customers will be looking online for their needs. Be there for them through ecommerce.

Look to ecommerce to keep serving customers.
Pivot to delivery to serve your diners.

Pivot to delivery to serve your diners.

Get through slow periods and closures with a strong delivery model.

Get ready to welcome customers and diners back.

Prepare for the end of social isolation now so you're ready get back to business right away.

Get ready to welcome customers and diners back.

Let us know how we can help

Stay tuned for updates, and please reach out with suggestions, questions or stories of how your business is managing—we're in this together.

Our partners are ready to help.

Our partners are ready to help.

Keep your business going with offers designed to help businesses adapt to this economic shift.

  • Take advantage of MarketMan's cloud-based restaurant inventory management system with 2 months of free service and no setup fees
  • Discover new sales channels through 5Loyalty's online ordering solution. They're waiving 50% of their development fee and deferring the remainder for 12 months.
  • Property Management Software stalwart ApicBase is offering free on-boarding and waiving licensing costs until your restaurant or hotel reopens.
  • MDware is offering two months free on it's retail invoicing and loyalty integration for new customers.

Updates a resources in your region

United Kingdom | Italy | International

UK

UK Government - Business Rates Relief

On March 20th, the UK Government outlined its relief package for businesses, including wage reimbursement and tax discounts. Get the details here

UK Government - Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme

The World Health Organization (WHO)

UK Government - COVID-19 Reponse

Federation of Small Business

COVID-19: Advice and guidance for small businesses and the self-employed. Visit the site

British Chamber of Commerce

News and resources for businesses to navigate operating optimally while protecting your workforce's health. Visit the site

UK Government - Guidance on Employers and Businesses

Italy

Governo Italiano - domande frequenti sulle misure adottate dal Governo

Ministero della Salute - Nuovo Coronavirus: Cosa c'e da sapere

International

The World Health Organization (WHO)

United Nations - Coronavirus global health emergency

Our World in Data - Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) – Statistics and Research