Date published: 12 August 2020
As more shops continue to open across the country, now than ever is it more important to support your local independent businesses. This week, the Government launched ‘Shop Local Week’ in order to support these businesses and encourage consumers to start shopping in their local area again.
From butchers and greengrocers, to cafés and pubs, they are at the heart of the community. These businesses have worked hard over the last few months to be able to welcome back customers safely and it is important that we support them in order to help our local economy bounce back, and bring back footfall to our town centres.
Cllr Matthew Boles, Member for Gainsborough North Ward said:
“I would like to encourage our residents to get behind this campaign and support our small independent businesses during this time. If we all support just one business that will have a great impact on our local economy.”
Katrina Pierce, Business Development Manager for the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) in Lincolnshire is also backing the campaign and is urging consumers to get behind their local businesses, especially during these difficult times. She said:
“99% of all the UK’s businesses are small or medium sized independent businesses. That means that the shops, cafés, restaurants, pubs and attractions we know, love and work for are the backbone of our economy, especially here in Lincolnshire. We boast some of the very best food and drink establishments and locally-made products available anywhere and they’re all served with passion and dedication. They certainly add colour and character to our towns and villages, so I certainly hope everyone in West Lindsey will support #ShopLocal week. They need our custom now more than ever before”.
The FSB have also recently collaborated with West Lindsey to secure discounted membership rate for new members for one year. Membership offers a range of support and advice including a 24/7 legal protection hotline and online hub. For more information visit www.west-lindsey.gov.uk/fsb.
West Lindsey District Council also launched their ‘Think Local’ campaign back in May, which continues to grow. It is an online directory that allows residents to find a shop or service in their local area. Businesses can register for free by going to www.west-lindsey.gov.uk/local and following the registration link. The campaign is designed to be long-term and not only encourage consumers to support their local businesses now, but to change their shopping habits in the future.
Many establishments in West Lindsey are also taking part in the ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ scheme which offers up to 50% off your bill on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. To find out who is taking part near you, go to www.tax.service.gov.uk/eat-out-to-help-out/find-a-restaurant. You can also check out the food hygiene rating for each business on the Food Standards Agency website - ratings.food.gov.uk.
To find out more about the scheme or to register your establishment go to www.gov.uk/guidance/register-your-establishment-for-the-eat-out-to-help-out-scheme