10 Jolly Good Reasons to Shop Locally

Shoppers are being urged to hit the shops and support their local businesses following the end of Lockdown 2.0.

Shopping locally helps support our local economy, protecting and creating jobs and keeping our village vibrant and healthy.

    “Small businesses are the backbone of our economy nationwide, but crucially are the cornerstones of our local communities.”

    Thank you for shopping local

    Small Business Saturday - this year being held on 5th December 2020, three days after the end of England’s second lockdown - encourages people to get back to the way of life they have missed during the pandemic, while following safety guidelines.

    From popping into a family-run shop for a loaf of bread, buying a meal or a drink in your ‘local’, or buying Christmas gifts from an independent store, by shopping locally people can help local businesses and local communities get back up and running.

    To help kick off Small Business Saturday, here are ten reasons why customers should stay local in the run-up to Christmas.

    1. Support the local economy

    Shopping at local businesses pumps money into the local economy. By spending money in the local shop, restaurant and pub, shoppers do their bit to aid our national recovery.

    1. Protect the price of your home

    The presence of good local shops and services is a key factor in why people choose to live where they do. When they disappear, so does a significant chunk of the value of local properties. Shopping locally therefore protects the investment you’ve made in your own home.

    1. Save jobs – and create more employment

    Supporting towns and villages creates jobs in local communities. Helping to grow the number of jobs in our local areas makes for a better place to live and work.

    1. Great deals

    You might be surprised to see just how competitive the prices are in your local shops, especially when you factor in the amount you save in fuel or fares by not travelling further.

    1. More time for you

    How much is your time really worth? Longer trips to big shopping centres mean less time doing the things you actually want to do.

    1. Preserving the heart of the community

    A thriving small town or village is key to boosting the potential of a place where people can socialise as well as shop. And local businesses generate the revenue that support your council services such as libraries, playgrounds and roads.

    1. Keeping essential services available for those that need them most

    Some people can't get out and about as easily as others, and some can't access the internet either. When a whole community supports local services like a corner shop, village post office or tea room, it helps ensure the facilities survive for the benefit of all.

    1. Spoilt for choice

    Small local businesses often stock items which are made locally and not available everywhere else, providing a unique range of products that bring much-needed originality and variety into communities.

    1. A better shopping experience

    Small businesses are usually run by people who live nearby – your neighbours. As the UK continues to recover from the pandemic, the experience of buying locally from a friendly face offers a dose of normality that many people have missed.

    1. Help the environment

    Local shops often source their goods locally, helping to reduce their carbon footprint. When shopping local, you are more likely to walk or cycle to get there, or at least not drive for miles. This means a welcome reduction in traffic and the resultant air pollution.

    Business Secretary Alok Sharma said:

    “From corner shops and florists, to newsagents, cafes and pubs, our high streets are at the heart of every community. I hope people across the country will do their bit this week to help protect jobs and support local communities.”

    Small Business Minister Paul Scully said:

    The last few months have been incredibly hard for businesses across the country…Consumers can lend a hand by shopping local – supporting local companies and jobs.”

    Michelle Ovens, Director of Small Business Saturday UK and Founder of Small Business Britain said:

    “Small businesses are the beating heart of communities and town centres up and down the country. They will be at the centre of the recovery. These small firms – from the local convenience store, to the village pub – were there for the nation during lockdown and now they need our support to get back on their feet.

    “Now is the time to show your local area some love.”

    Federation of Small Business National Chair Mike Cherry said:

    “It’s vital now more than ever that we do what we can to support our local small businesses. The past few months have been among the most difficult that businesses have ever had and as we slowly reopen, the public can help by supporting their local businesses. Whether it’s your local shop, decorator or restaurant, they all need the support of their communities to survive this crisis and thrive.

    “Even those businesses who haven’t been able to reopen their stores, or members of the public who are continuing to shield, then shopping with small businesses online is a great way to still do your part.

    “Small businesses are the backbone of our economy nationwide, but crucially are the cornerstones of our local communities.”

    I'd call that a jolly good way to help us get back to normal.



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