The Government has urged shoppers to take part in Shop Local Week to help local businesses rebuild from COVID-19.
The scheme is part of the Enjoy Summer Safely campaign, encouraging people to get back to normal while staying safe.
By shopping locally, people can help local business owners and local communities get back up and running.
Below are eight reasons why customers should visit the high street this week:
1. Help the high street and support the local economy
By spending money in their local shop, restaurant, café or pub, shoppers can help to aid our national recovery.
2. Save jobs – and create even more
Supporting our high streets creates jobs, often supporting young and disadvantaged people to find employment. This creates a healthy economy for the community.
3. Great deals
Independent retailers often reward regular customers, while others often provide great deals. Consumers can also save money with the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme.
4. A safe way to shop
Businesses have been following government guidance and implementing measures to ensure people are safe while they shop. These include customer limits inside the store and hand sanitising stations.
5. Preserving the heart of the community
A thriving high street is key to boosting the potential of a village or town where people can socialise as well as shop. Local businesses also generate revenue to support council services that benefit their communities.
6. Spoilt for choice
Small and local businesses often stock items which are made locally and aren’t available elsewhere else. This provides much-needed originality and variety into communities.
7. A better shopping experience
Small businesses are often run by people who live nearby. The experience of buying locally from a friendly face offers a sense of normality that many people may have missed.
8. Help the environment
Local shops often source their goods locally, helping to reduce their carbon footprint. When shopping local, people are also more likely to walk or cycle to get there.