'Shop local in North Somerset'
'Shop local in North Somerset' is designed to encourage residents of North Somerset and visitors to the area to support our local traders, producers and independent businesses. Having a mix of good mix of independent retailers in a town centre makes for a more attractive environment and a village shop that stocks those vital essentials can be important for so many residents.
We are keen to counter common misconceptions that local shopping is more expensive or offers less choice.
10 reasons to shop local:
- Independent shops create distinctive shopping experiences, stock different, traditional and often local products
- Local shops do sell a wide range and specialist products often at affordable prices
- Shopping local creates and retains jobs - evidence shows that for every £10 spent in an independent shop £25 is generated for the local economy compared to £14 spent in multinationals
- Shopping local can save you money - not only are many products priced competitively, travel costs, parking and time are all reduced
- Shopping locally helps to retain strong and vibrant communities
- Local independent shops invest more in their communities and support many local activities and organisations
- Shopping local saves the environment - no need for long car journeys to out of town stores
- The loss of local retailers often leads to the loss of other local services
- Local shops are for everyone - most people can get to their local shops easily and this is especially important for elderly, vulnerable and young people and those without transport
- Local traders survive by their reputation so will often go out of their way to give great customer service
Many smaller stores are finding it increasingly hard to compete in this current economic climate and the rise in online purchasing. If our High Streets and smaller businesses are to remain vibrant and viable we need to recognise that these businesses have a different and unique offer that we do not want to lose.
A recent survey by the Weston Town Centre Partnership revealed that 49% of shoppers visited Broadmead in Bristol, 38% Cribbs causeway and 27% Clarks Village, all outside of North Somerset, for their non food shopping outside of Weston - this is a trend everyone would be keen to reverse,
Our 'Shop local' work also links closely to our 'Made in north somerset' activities which aim to promote the fantastic array of local food, drink, arts and crafts that are actually made in the local area. Our 'Made in north somerset' annual event, a festival of food and drink, artists and artisans is in its second year and will take place this autumn. The festival will take place over a three week period from 15 Sept -7 Oct and will include a launch Art exhibition by North Somerset Arts at Sidcot School with a local Theatre Orchard production; local food and craft producers will be opening their doors to the public and a special 'Made in north somerset' Food and Craft Market at Tyntesfield will showcase products in one place on 30 Sept.
We know that many of our smaller independent businesses may be hard to seek out or locate so we have tried to make it as easy as possible for you to find them. We have listings for many of our local produce markets and created directories for our local food, drink and craft businesses. Details of those businesses who took part in our 'Made in north somerset Showcase' can also be found, helping you to easily source local produce, buy that special gift, ingredient or just to treat yourself.
- Visit North Somerset Council website for more information about local produce markets.
- Visit our North Somerset Local Food Directory for information on over 50 local food and drink producers.
Download the Craft and design in rural North Somerset leaflet (pdf) for details of local makers and crafts people.
Download the 'Made in north somerset' listing for details of those businesses making products locally.
Show your support
If you would like to show your support for our Shop Local campaign please contact us for a free Shop Local window/car sticker.
Economic Development Service for more information.