Supporting any kind of local business, be it your local veg shop, butchers or hardware store is vitally important now, more than ever. Shopping at local, independent shops has many benefits and it often works like a chain reaction: by purchasing from local shops, you’re helping those businesses grow, sell more goods from the area and employ members of the local community, which keeps money circulating around your neighbourhood. By favouring local independent businesses that are trading in the right way, no matter what industry they operate in, you will minimise your impact and help them spread their message.
Ask yourself this, how many local businesses do you shop at? In all honesty can you say you buy your weekly groceries in town, your cheese from the cheese shop and your fish from the fish market? The answer to that is probably No and like a lot of people, shopping local isn’t always convenient or cost effective for your budget.
As a mum of 2 growing girls, a husband, 2 cats and a dog, I am more aware now then ever, of how much we spend on food, drink and luxuries. It’s very easy to pop to Lidl and pick up your fruit and veg, your cheese and freshly baked bread because its cheap and convenient. I have shopped in chain stores all my life, just like everyone else. When we moved to Newlyn in 2019, Lidl, the Co-OP, Sainsburys etc were right on our doorstep, we drive past them all everyday so if we need a small shop or a big shop, it takes less than 10 minutes to get to any of these shops. Our fast pace of life and busy days at work and school meant that we didn’t have much time for anything, so shopping was always a rush. Lidl is my ‘go to’ shop, its a 2 minute drive from the house and a 10 minute dog walk, so convenience always takes the win.
During the first lockdown (who’d of thought we’d even have to start numbering lockdowns!) we got out and about a lot more and started to explore Newlyn and what it had to offer. In fact Newlyn has a lot to offer and there are a lot of local businesses right on our doorstep! We brought cheese from The Newlyn Cheese shop, fruit and veg from The Little Green Grocery, flowers from Plants For All Seasons and we grabbed take away coffee from Lovetts. All of these small, independent businesses are right there within walking distance and when you shop at any one of these businesses you are helping grow that business, support that family and making people happy, as well as enjoying fresh, local grown produce.