The government is urging UK shoppers to take part in Shop Local Week in order to help local businesses get back and running after the consequences of the pandemic.
With businesses having brought in safety measures, such as plastic partitions at tills and hand sanitiser stations, the government has given a number of reasons as to why customers should visit their local high street this week:
- To help the high street and support the local economy.
- To take advantage of great deals with local shops providing competitive prices.
- Preserve the heart of the community – a thriving high street is key to boosting the potential of a village or town and local businesses also generate revenue to support council services, such as libraries, parks and roads that benefit communities across the country.
- Benefit from being ‘spoilt for choice’, as local businesses often stock items which are made locally and aren’t always available elsewhere.
- To get a better shopping experience by buying locally from a friendly face.
- To help the environment – many local shops often source their goods locally, reducing their carbon footprint.
Business Secretary, Alok Sharma, commented, “From corner shops and florists, to newsagents, cafes and pubs, our high streets are at the heart of every community in every corner of the UK.
“Business owners have done an incredible job so far to welcome shoppers back safely, and I hope people across the country will do their bit this week to help our high streets bounce back to protect jobs and support local communities.”
Small Business Minister, Paul Scully, added, “The last few months have been incredibly hard for businesses across the country, which is why the government put in place an unprecedented package of measures to support them.
“As small businesses get back on their feet and reopen with new safety measures in place, consumers can lend a hand by shopping local – supporting local companies and jobs.”
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