*This post is sponsored by East Riding of Yorkshire Council, but all words and opinions on shopping local are my own
I’m sure I wasn’t the only person who got a little excited when non-essential shopping opened back up. No, it wasn’t the commercial brands calling my name but it was the small independents that I’ve missed so much during this time. Whether you have already been to see your favourite hairdresser or grabbed a takeout coffee, it’s so nice to be getting our local fix of businesses again, but here’s where I need your help. We can do more. Let’s work together to get more and more people thinking about shopping locally. I’m working with East Riding of Yorkshire Council to encourage YOU to get back to support your local shops and here are 4 reasons why (including a little bit of inspiration of what you could do!)
Money spent locally is usually kept Local
Whether you’re buying from your local greengrocer or popping to have some items sewn up for you, then the money you put into that business is usually spent locally again. It therefore improves the economy of your area! We all love to see the money put back in.
You Can Do Something Different
Fancy something unusual? Well recently, I took a day out to Tea and Bisque-it in Willerby. A spot where not only can you scoff a slice of cake and a cuppa, but you can also let out your inner artist as you paint your own items. Currently they’re operating on cake outdoors and take home painting kits, but soon enough they’ll be back open to let you all back in their gorgeous shop.
I headed to their store to explore their delightful array of pots to paint and took home two items to paint and returned them to kiln. Whilst I was there I obviously had to sample the goods and had some super yummy cake and tea!
It’s a fabulous way for you to get something to takeaway but also for you to keep long term. I’ll be returning again for their Father’s Day event where you could make something up for a special father figure in your life.
Lower Carbon Footprint
Did you know that supporting local businesses is good for the environment? Well it’s because they often have a smaller carbon footprint than larger companies. So when you’re thinking of buying something next time, think about shopping local.
It’s Nice to be Nice
And its reallllyyyy flipping nice to support businesses that have probably received little to no financial support over the past year. In my experience every shop I’ve visited has demonstrated great safety practices of hand gel use, masks indoors and social distancing. They’re working exceptionally hard to get back open so that we can return it to them. Let’s get in their shops and help them get some of their earnings back up they missed out on last year.
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How will you be supporting local now that things have opened up again?