As a thriving local independent business our self, we thought as the Christmas gift season descends upon us we would share with you some of our favourite local shops, where you can source some fantastic gifts whilst supporting your community.
Shop local and enjoy good service, product knowledge, high quality - and know that you've really done something about keeping your local shops and local services in business and your local communities thriving.
1. Shopping locally retains our communities.
People don't like losing shops and services in small towns and villages but don't equate this to how they spend their money. Shops will only survive if customers spend locally - so if you want a vibrant town centre, where people can socialise as well as shop, we need to encourage people to shop locally.
2. Local shops value you more.
Evidence from numerous surveys shows people receive better customer care and service in local shops. Traders survive by their reputation and repeat business - so shopping locally means that you get a higher standard of service.
3. Shopping locally retains our distinctiveness - avoid clone towns!
Many town centres in Britain look the same with franchises and multinationals. Independent shops create distinctive shopping experiences and stock different products. Independent shops keep traditional local products alive. They respond more quickly to the needs of local customers, stocking products to meet the changing population needs.
4. Local independent shops invest in our communities.
Sole traders and independent stores are proportionally more generous in their support for local charities, carnivals, schools and community events. So supporting local shops means a financial return for our community.
5. Local shops are for everyone.
Most people can get to their local shops easily. This is especially important for the elderly, the vulnerable, young people and those without private transport. Keeping your shops open by buying locally helps the whole community.