Et shop­ping proves ward­ing ex­pe­ri­ence

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Noth­ing com­pares to the knowl­edge and range of­fered by the shop­keep­ers in your lo­cal high street.

And there are a num­ber of rea­sons why it is bet­ter to shop lo­cal.

From the knowl­edge and ex­per­tise high street shop­keep­ers have to the re­lief of avoid­ing wait­ing at home for in­ter­net de­liv­er­ies and the chance to try be­fore you buy, shop­ping in your home town is of­ten the best op­tion for the mod­ern day con­sumer.

Re­search on spend­ing by lo­cal author­i­ties shows that for ev­ery £1 spent with a small or medium-sized busi­ness 63 pence stays in the lo­cal econ­omy, com­pared to 40p with a larger busi­ness. So you can help do your bit. It is the eth­i­cal choice Buy­ing out-of-sea­son pro­duce, like straw­ber­ries in De­cem­ber, low­ers your eco-cre­den­tials. When you shop at lo­cal butch­ers, bak­ers, farm shops and green gro­cers, it is likely that a de­cent per­cent­age of the pro­duce has had a short field-to-fork jour­ney. Along with sup­port­ing lo­cal farm­ers, it means the food is likely to con­tain more nu­tri­ents and have less pack­ag­ing. So that is eco-shop­ping at its best. There are one-off gifts to be found In­de­pen­dent shops of­ten stock items which are made lo­cally and are not avail­able else­where. Buy a dress by an up an com­ing de­signer and there is lit­tle chance of turn­ing up to the of­fice Christ­mas party wear­ing the same as some­one else. You can be truly unique. You will be sup­port­ing Bri­tish en­trepreneurs

Shop­ping lo­cal and help­ing to foster the tal­ents of the next gen­er­a­tion Bri­tish de­sign­ers and re­tail­ers is a boost to your com­mu­nity. You can help build com­mu­ni­ties Book­shops, cafes and craft shops of­ten drum up cus­tom by host­ing events, from book groups to knit­ting clubs and chil­dren’s events. If the busi­nesses are not sup­ported, the lo­cal groups tend to dis­ap­pear too.

You can rely on the in­de­pen­dent re­tailer

Lo­cal bak­ers throw in ex­tra bagels for reg­u­lars; gro­cers give in­for­mal dis­counts.

In­de­pen­dent re­tail­ers can use their dis­cre­tion to re­ward reg­u­lar cus­tom, and it can mean you get dis­counts on the items you ac­tu­ally want to buy, rather than be­ing tempted by multi-buy of­fers in the big chains. You can of­ten try be­fore you buy It’s easy to waste money on prod­ucts you end up not ac­tu­ally lik­ing. But shop lo­cally and your ex­pert in­de­pen­dent re­tailer can ad­vise you and even let you sam­ple what they are selling.

So sup­port your town’s high Street to­day and shop lo­cal.

like straw­ber­ries in De­cem­ber low­ers your eco-cre­den­tials

All you need as well as food­stuffs there are a lot of spe­cialised shops selling a full range of wares

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