Choosing to shop at a local retailer rather than big chain stores will help these businesses survive the second lockdown.
While non-essential shops have now closed, this time they are allowed to operate a click and collect service – customers can go and pick up the products they’ve ordered online.
Click and collect involves minimal contact and could help these businesses stay open and keep more workers employed.
Search for your favourite independent store, café, restaurant or pub online to see if it has its own website to order from or a Facebook page to buy directly through.
To help people find more local producers online, the Made in North Somerset Marketplace has been created.
This new online platform enables you to buy directly from the producer, whether it’s food, drink, arts or crafts.
If you’re a North Somerset-based producer or craftsperson and would like to be listed on the site, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Virtual High Streets have also been set up for you can shop online from the businesses based in North Somerset towns.
Shopping and investing in local businesses has a strong and positive impact on the local economy – these shop owners then put that money back into circulation when they visit local pubs, restaurants and shops themselves.