Outstanding Business of Lockdown Shortlist
The Outstanding Business of Lockdown Award is presented to a business who has made a significant contribution during lockdown. A forward-thinking pioneer, recognised for their dynamism, resourcefulness and support throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.
Voting is now closed. The winner will be announced in a virtual awards ceremony on Tuesday 22 September at 4pm.
Viva Italia Group
The restaurants of the Viva Italia grouphas shown great generosity and surpassed all community giving expectations during the pre-lockdown and lockdown periods.In March 2020 the group began reaching out to hospitals across Scotland delivering hot pizza and pasta meals from their restaurants to support NHS staff who’s work burden was increasing with the growing Coronavirus pressure. Over 30,000 pizzas and lasagnes were served to frontline workers until lockdown ended in June and on International Nurses Day, over 400 Mozza pizzas were donated to Glasgow & Paisley Hospitals.Ever resourceful, the business adapted its approach to continue serving during lockdown with the creation of the Food Hub which opened its doorsto NHS and Carer Staff, 8 hours a day, 7 days a week. In addition, vulnerable and elderly people in the Edinburgh area were among 3,000 who received free frozen pasta meals after being nominated by Tony Macaroni customers. During the month of June, Tony Macaroni opened a pizza truck where 10,000 pizzas were given free to NHS staff over a 25-day period. The Viva Italia Groups efforts really stand out, because of their complete commitment to supporting local front-line communities as well as its continued engagement with customers.
Finalists: GiveLocally, La Tua Pasta, Littleton Green Community School, The McCarthy-Dixon Foundation, Thomas Franks