As lockdown restrictions are eased and more retailers are able to reopen we tell you why you should continue to shop locally.

The recent lockdown led to lengthy queues forming outside supermarkets and online delivery slots being few and far between, resulting in consumers switching to their local high streets for everyday essentials. For many,  this was a wake-up call to return to shopping habits of days-of-old. We’ve seen a movement towards supporting local retailers, with high street butchers, bakers and grocers continuing to offer their products and services throughout the crisis. In fact, recent research suggests that since lockdown, two in five Brits say they have been shopping at their local, independent stores more regularly than they did before. And over a third intend to continue shopping locally when lockdown ends.

As the nation inches its way towards a ‘new normal’, we will have to make smarter decisions about where we shop in the months ahead. Buying locally will become essential for local communities to continue to thrive and support one another on the other side of this pandemic. Here are our reasons why you should continue to shop locally and secure the future of the shops and producers that have been key fixtures in our community for generations.

YOU KNOW WHERE YOUR PRODUCE COMES FROM 
Buying locally connects you to both the producer and the food and drink you’re buying. This allows you to ask questions and build a relationship with the producer.

YOU GET TO KNOW THE BUSINESS 
When you personally know the people behind the business you’re buying from, you enjoy a connection you would not otherwise have. You’re supporting people who are passionate about what they do and the environment they work in.

NEW AND BETTER FLAVOURS
Local always tastes better! When you commit to buy more local produce, you’ll discover interesting new food and drink choices, tasty new ways to prepare food and a new appreciation of the pleasure of seasonal food.

IT’S ACTUALLY BETTER FOR THE PLANET
Why buy something from hundreds of miles away when you can get it from within your local community? When it’s made or grown locally, you can be sure your produce won’t have travelled far. Not only does buying locally reduce food miles, it also reduces waste from packaging. Bring your own reusable bags or containers and it’s even better!

LOCAL SHOPS AND PRODUCERS VALUE YOU MORE
Evidence from numerous surveys shows you receive better customer care and service in local shops. Traders survive by their reputation and repeat business, meaning they’re passionate about going the extra mile to help you find what you actually need.

BUYING LOCAL HELPS THE LOCAL ECONOMY
When you buy local, it stays local. More jobs will be created locally, the community will prosper, and people will be more connected than ever to the place they live. 

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