Shop Local, Shop Northumberland
As our town centres and communities start to reopen there are lots of different ways you can continue to support our businesses.
By choosing to Shop Local, Shop Northumberland you can help the local economy in recovering from the Covid19 pandemic.
From April 12 non-essential retailers will be able to reopen as well as self-contained accommodation, most outdoor attractions as well as indoor leisure facilities.
Instead of travelling miles to shop in one of the giant retailers, why not stay closer to home and take advantage of the independent businesses on your doorstep. Statistics show that for every £1 spent with a local, independent business, between 50p-70p circulates back into that local economy. This not only helps to support the businesses, but also jobs in the local area as well as suppliers. Independent retailers and small businesses need our support now more than ever. There are lots of ways you can still support your local high street:
Choose to Shop Local on your local high street, using independent retailers as much as possible.
Buy your local produce from butchers, farm shops or local markets. In this way you’ll also be supporting local farmers.
Find out if they are offering an online shop
Find out if they are offering a click and collect service
If you have a birthday or a special occasion why not ask friends and family for vouchers for your favourite local shop, restaurant, bookshop or hotel
Support local businesses on social media. Share, Like and Follow their posts and recommend them to others
You could also join the Northumberland Let’s Keep Supporting Local Businesses Facebook page.
Set up by Chrissie Havis, of Morpeth, just before Christmas the group is bringing together businesses and shoppers in the county. It continues to grow with more than 18k followers.
There’s also the Produced in Northumberland initiative where you can find out about local producers in your area – www.producedin.northumberland.gov.uk