Shop Local This Christmas
High Streets around the UK have taken quite a battering over the last year, with many national chains closing their doors, or drastically reducing their number of stores in order to survive. Recently we have heard the sad news that the iconic Kendall’s in Manchester will close down in the New Year. Increased rents, business rates, staff costs and internet shopping have all been cited as reasons for the closures. It is true that the overheads of running a large stores and chains can hinder the ability to compete with online retailers. But how does this trend affect our small towns and villages? Is it just online shopping to blame, or is there a trend for supporting independent stores, and are more people shopping locally?
A village or town with an interesting mix of independent businesses offers unique gifts, crafts, locally sourced products, food and drinks, local services and experiences such as Maker’s Markets and seasonal events. You only have to look at places like Buxton, Nantwich & Knutsford to see how they are thriving. Holmes Chapel is the shopping hub of our villages and has a lot to offer. Our challenge is to encourage more people to shop locally and non-residents to visit our lovely village.
What is apparent is that this Christmas we all need to spread our spending power across the board. Online shopping can be convenient, but you miss out on the shopping experience, touching & seeing your products before you buy, bumping into friends and neighbours along the way, stopping for a coffee or lunch, and having the satisfaction that you are supporting businesses in your area, helping your local economy and boosting local employment.
Merry Christmas from all your local businesses
Marie Bennett, The Print Room