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Small business Saturday - Why you should shop or order from a local business today

Are you bored of the same old high street brands? Are you trying to shop more sustainably this year? Or do you just fancy mixing it up a bit?

We have got 6 great reasons why shopping small for Christmas this year might just be what you’re looking for.

Unique gifts

Searching large retailers and big online shops can leave you feeling uninspired when it comes to finding the perfect gifts for your friends and family. It is often too easy to forget about the wealth and offerings on our doorsteps. Independent businesses usually stock locally produced items that you won’t find anywhere else and you will get a greater choice of rare and unique products. These wonderfully unique gifts will mean all the more to those receiving them.

You will receive a personal service

There’s nothing like great customer service, and to small businesses, each individual customer is important. What’s even better, when buying handmade products, most of the time you’re buying it from the person who actually made it. This allows you to ask any questions you have about how the product was made and what materials were used, so you know exactly where the item comes from!

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It’s good for the environment

As you probably know, independent makers create their products on a small scale – hence the term shop small! Makers also look to use materials that are sourced locally or that can be recycled. That means you can be rest assured that shopping small is planet friendly!

You will make the makers Christmas

When you purchase something from a small business owner, you will be making their day! Instead of lining the pockets of the supermarkets or large retailers, you could be brightening the Christmas of a local business owner.

Help to create identity

Some local businesses will actually help shape the identity of the area. A high street filled with unique, vibrant, and colourful shops will attract more tourism and help to make the community a more popular and financially healthier area in which to live and work.

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Shopping small encourages more to grow

When small businesses thrive, it encourages more entrepreneurs to follow! And what a treat to see more and more new ideas, designers, artists, and diverse businesses pop up everywhere!

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