A Bolton marketing firm has launched a new website to support small business through the coronavirus.

"Save a Small Business" has been launched by Bolton based digital marketing agency, Tao digital marketing, to support businesses throughout Greater Manchester.

Save a Small Business told The Bolton News: "As a small business ourselves, we want to support other businesses who are finding it difficult to cope during this unprecedented outbreak."

The website advertises businesses in different boroughs of Greater Manchester, and any offers they may be doing to keep their business going.

This may include buying gift vouchers, paying for items such as a coffee now to be collected when the shop is open again, or simply a like or comment on a social media page.

A spokesman from Tao Digital, said: "The idea for Save a Small Business came from seeing Bolton Marketplace’s "Klubb & Co" struggling on social media a few weeks ago. Our team are regulars and we hold our meetings there, so we wanted to support them as best we can.

"We started to see more and more local businesses on social media who were, and still very much are, worried about their future. We want to utilise our skills to support others in need.

"We have set up a central website where users can select their town and see which businesses they can support in their area.

"Although many businesses are now closed for the foreseeable future, some of the businesses listed are offering gift vouchers for when they are back open, and others are still doing contactless home deliveries.

"We have had a great response so far. The first video posted about the project on LinkedIn has close to 3,000 views.

"There are 20 small businesses and freelancers currently listed on our site, 18 of which are from Bolton. We are open to businesses across the North West and beyond, and hope to grow the site further."

Rebecca Tupman, a freelance makeup artist and hairstylist based in Manchester, said: "All of my jobs are getting cancelled, and being self-employed I have literally no income if I don’t work. I think Save a Small Business is such a good idea."