The future of Britain’s high streets continues to be a hot topic. The recent months have seen the likes of Poundworld and Toys “R” Us go bust, and the future doesn’t look particularly rosy. However, new research suggests that all is not lost, particularly for our local independents.
A study was carried out which involved questioning over 2000 shoppers and 1000 small business decision makers worldwide. The results revealed a potential reignited love of shopping local for the British public.
With this in mind, we thought we’d share how you can help your local independent shops to thrive.
Socialise. Think outside the box. Instead of arranging your next meeting or catch up with a friend at the largest chain coffee shop in your area, take a minute to find a local indie cafe. Your custom there will be likely to make a bigger impact on them and your area. More often than not, the smaller independent coffee shops and cafes have better food, ambience, and customer service too – so you and your friend or business colleague can enjoy a better meeting. Market Cross Cafe in Swaffham offer a fab coffee, cake or lunch as well as being the collection point for ShopAppy!
Get human. Yes, we know, the big online retailers have got e v e r y t h i n g and it’s all cheap, but often customer service is less than ideal and your expectations for deliveries might not be met either. Shopping online makes it increasingly harder for you to interact with an actual human being and many are looking to automate services, and even replace their staff with robots! Why not take on a challenge and try to use only local independents for a week (or longer!). Once you break the habit of online, it’s surprisingly easy and convenient. If your town is on board with Shopappy, you get the best of both worlds, as this gives you access to all of your favourite high street shops, online.
Be proud. A popular high street with independent retailers and restaurants can make your hometown somewhere to be proud of, a place where people want to live and work! A great way to spread the word about your local independents is through social media. Share your local shops posts, enter their competitions and leave them a review. It not only helps them, but it also helps you in the long run. Don’t forget to give the Shopappy Facebook page a like here!
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