• Ian Brooke

Shop Local

Independent retailers give our towns and high streets diversity. They make them unique and give us something to love that can only be found in that one place. They set your community apart from the thousands of other towns and high streets.

Prior to the emergence of COVID-19, there were the signs of a renaissance for small independent businesses up and down the country. Due to pandemic people have been forced to consider their shopping habits due to the rush on at the supermarkets. I think we all remember walking into the supermarket to see nothing on the shelves...

However, if your local supermarket been cleared out of bread and pasta, guess what? Your local newsagent probably hasn’t. The newsagents were a lifesaver for my family when it came to finding toilet roll. I am still unsure why that was one of the things to disappear first. But our trusty local newsagent was fully stocked.

Your local butcher/greengrocer/baker/fishmonger’s shop hasn’t had swarms of people scrambling through the doors, fighting over essentials. So go there instead. It’s safer than the supermarket and they’ll appreciate your custom. Think before you go into a chain to spend your cash. Could you go to the independent business next door who will value your custom more?

Has your favourite restaurant had to close temporarily? Well, go onto their website and buy a gift voucher to use when they open their doors again. Or take advantage of their take away menu for a special night in with your family.

Posing with your Starbucks might be good for “the gram”… but Glasgow is packed with amazing independent coffee shops and bakeries and it would be criminal if they should be forced to close their doors.

Do what you can to support the little guy. If you have too much of anything, then share it!

We simply need to rally around those who need our support the most. Be good to each other, take care and let’s ride this out together.

By shopping locally you can:

  1. Find a world of discovery and a range of fresh and exciting products on your doorstep

  2. Support your local high street and improve the local economy

  3. Help to create more local jobs in your community

  4. Enjoy great customer service from people who value your custom

  5. Build friendships with local shop owners

  6. Touch and feel the products to make sure you have made the right choice

  7. Get dedicated help and support with making your product selection

  8. Give your shop owners feedback about the products you’d like them to stock

  9. Be sure that your local shop will give you a warm welcome!

But not only that, every time you use a local independent retailer you are helping that shop owner support their family. To feed their kids. Send them to school and ensure they have what they need to thrive. These people also put their hard-earned cash back into the local economy! And let’s not even get started on the environmental impact of using a local supplier over Amazon or Tesco.

And who wants to live in a town where the high street is like a Scooby-Doo chase scene?

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If you want to learn more about the benefits of shopping local check out these 15 Reasons Why You Should Shop With a Local Company. Or you can take a look at The £5 Concept from Totally Local.

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