While supermarkets, streaming platforms and online retailers have been some of the few to benefit out of the coronavirus crisis, smaller businesses have been heavily hit.
Despite the Swiss government making CHF20 million available in loans for small businesses – which has since been doubled to CHF40 million – many are uncertain if they will be able to survive the coronavirus.
Switzerland doubles emergency coronavirus loan fund for small businesses
Several platforms have sprung up online to link customers with smaller retailers in need of their support.
Some retailers offer delivery, while others sell vouchers – for everything from movie tickets to cocktails – which can be redeemed when coronavirus restrictions are lifted.
Links to these intermediary sites have been listed as follows.
Besides providing listings of companies, small businesses can also sign up to have their company listed.
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