The UK Government is aiming to drive high street footfall during Shop Local Week, part of its Enjoy Summer Safely campaign.
The UK Government is encourage British shoppers to support their local high streets and shops, as Shop Local week gets underway.
Running from today until Sunday 16th August, Shop Local Week is part of the government’s Enjoy Summer Safely campaign, which has been devised to encourage people to ‘get back to the way of life they have missed’, while following safety guidelines.
To try and kick start the campaign, the Government has published a list of eight reasons why shoppers should visit their local high street this week, as follows:
1. Help the high street and support the local economy
Shopping at local businesses pumps money into the local economy, and by spending money in their local shop, restaurant, café or pub, shoppers can do their bit to aid our national recovery across the country.
2. Save jobs – and create even more
Supporting high streets creates jobs in local communities, supporting often young and disadvantaged people to find employment.
3. Great deals
Independent retailers often reward regular customers, while others often provide great deals that can’t be found in major outlets – meaning people save money as they spend.
4. A safe way to shop
Businesses across the country have been following government guidance and implementing a range of measures to ensure people are safe while they shop, such as customer limits inside the store, plastic partitions at tills and hand sanitising stations.
5. Preserving the heart of the community
A thriving high street is key to boosting the potential of a village or town where people can socialise as well as shop. Local businesses also generate revenue to support council services such as libraries, parks and roads that benefit communities across the UK.
6. Spoilt for choice
Small and local businesses often stock items which are made locally and aren’t available elsewhere else, providing a great range of choice and unique products that bring much-needed originality and variety into communities.
7. A better shopping experience
As the UK continues to recover from the pandemic, the experience of buying locally from a friendly face offers a dose of normality that many people may have missed.
8. Help the environment
Local shops often source their goods locally, helping to reduce their carbon footprint. When shopping local, people are also more likely to walk or cycle to get there – doing their bit to reduce air pollution, reduce traffic and improve the quality of the nation’s high streets.
“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, said business secretary Alok Sharma. “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.”