There has never been a better time to shop local and help small businesses survive these testing times. Whether it’s going to your local butchers for your Summer BBQ feast or getting your better half a unique birthday gift, shopping local and buying from small businesses has many benefits.
Many local farms and butchers are offering delivery services to abide by the rules of social distancing, providing fresh meats, fruit and vegetables right to your doorstep. It’s also a great way to get the whole family involved with cooking and trying new foods, as often, you don’t know what’s going to come inside the box! Local produce also had a slower field to fork time, with less packaging and better taste as there are no added chemicals or preservatives compared to the packaged meat you see in supermarkets. You’ll also be supporting your local farmers, who are struggling in these times, so you’ll be getting better quality and helping out the community.
Wanting to add a personal touch? Shopping with small businesses mean items sold are specifically handmade and not mass produced so it will provide a unique and bespoke item that isn’t sold anywhere on the high street. It adds personality and character rather than something you’ve found trawling through the Next website.
Sick of being on hold to speak to customer services at the big retailers? You don’t have to with small local businesses. As it’s usually a ‘one person band’ you can go direct to the horse's mouth, without any lengthy wait times and that dreadful hold music. Or simply drop them a message on social media. Small businesses rely on customer satisfaction and word of mouth, so if you have a good experience with a local business, then shout about it!
Small businesses need your help more than ever, with their business being the only source of income. If you have an upcoming birthday gift to buy, a newborn baby on the horizon or simply want to brighten someone’s day with a unique gift, browse our directory which is full of UK goods and services for any occasion and recipient.
By team member - Chloe Martin