Supporting businesses within the rowing community

Everyone in the rowing community is acutely aware of how the current situation will be incredibly difficult for businesses across the country. Here’s how you can support some of those within the rowing community at this difficult time if you have the means to do so

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Square Blades at the British Rowing Junior Championships 2019

Rock the Boat

Rock the Boat is an independent family-run business which relies heavily on its presence at rowing events throughout the season. Having already been hit hard by cancellations this year due to weather, and now with real uncertainty in the foreseeable future, Rock the Boat is facing at least several weeks with no rowing events going ahead.

“We’d love you to keep supporting us during these challenging times, and we hope to see you on a riverbank sometime soon” – James and Trish, Rock the Boat

James and Trish from the rowing gift and clothing supplier have taken to Twitter and hinted at new products in the pipeline, also making the point that the enforced break at the moment will give the business more time to carry out research, although they are still very much welcoming ideas from the community.

In the meantime, Rock the Boat is launching “Fab Friday”. For the next 12 weeks, they will be putting out an offer which will remain available until the following Friday when the next offer will be released. For those who are taking up writing to people whilst in isolation, Rock the Boat also offers a very wide range of gift cards, and also offers a well-stocked bookshop.

Square Blades

Facing similar uncertainty around the rowing calendar is Square Blades, a rowing-inspired clothing brand from Handbridge, Chester. Also providing club kit, Square Blades stocks everything from performance visors and gym gear through to hoodies, sweatshirts and beanies, all of which you can now order with free delivery to anywhere in the UK.

Writing on Twitter this week, they said “This, as an independent business without any financial backing, is going to be a tough time. We’re a family business. It also means we can’t support the clubs/events that host us. Rowing is a community. Stay safe.”

For those able to support the brand, alongside their clothing ranges for men and women Square Blades also offers gift cards ranging from £5-£100.

If you would like to suggest any other brands or businesses to be spotlighted for support, please get in touch via comms@britishrowing.org.