As England comes out of a National Lockdown and most of the UK is experiencing tighter tiered restrictions, small businesses are needing your support more than ever. This year we’re being urged to think a little harder about the gifts we’re buying and where we’re buying from.
Here's some ways you can help local businesses stay afloat this Christmas and continue to support them beyond the restrictions:
Don't forget about your favourite highstreet shops this year, most will only be a few clicks away! If they don't have a website, reach out to them by phone, email or socials to see if they are still selling goods. Most shops will have new ways to meet customer orders with services like click & collect or delivery this festive season.
With the sudden closure of pubs, restaurants and cafes, most businesses will be resorting to takeaway or collection services over the festive season. Many high street cafes have set up ordering facilities in their doorways so you can get a hot drink while you're walking the dog. Most restaurants are now delivering, so you can enjoy restaurant-standard food from the comfort of your home. This year treat yourself and help support businesses by buying food and drink within your local area.
This year Christmas markets have been cancelled, but do not fear - Virtual Markets are the new place to shop! Explore these online markets and support small businesses around the UK. Here are three Virtual Markets you can attend: Jubilee Market, Bath Christmas Market and East Surrey Virtual Christmas Market
Support small businesses online
If you’re finding it hard to resist the big brands this year, check out these online shopping sites to find unique and personalised gifts for loved ones:
- Get handmade goodies, from care packages to jewellery, Etsy is the place to find some of the most exquisite and one-off presents for loved ones.
- Fashionistas out there - Depop is an amazing platform for clothes, shoes and accessories, buy and sell second-hand items, find unique fashion brands and support small, upcoming designers.
- On the hunt for gifts for him or gifts for her? Not on the High Street has a fantastic range of novelty items by small creative businesses to choose from.
Spread the word
Once you've done your Christmas shopping, don't forget to leave all the lovely businesses you bought from a review.
Reviews and word-of-mouth are essential for small, local businesses, so let your friends and family know about your new discoveries and give them a like, share and follow on socials.
With Christmas just around the corner, before the manic online shopping begins, why not check in with some local businesses to see if they stock what you're looking for… you never know what you might find!
At Trusted PPE, we’re here to help you stay safe over the festive season. Our range of PPE provide high-quality protection to you, your family and business. Send us a message via webchat, social media, email or phone and we’ll help answer your questions and offer support.