Welcome back to the high street

The shops and services on our high streets are now open and waiting to welcome you back. The pandemic has been an incredibly difficult time for local businesses, and you can support their recovery by shopping locally.

Why shop locally?

The facts show that when people shop locally, they are not just supporting their favourite store, but the whole local economy.

The Federation of Small Businesses says that for every £1 spent with a local, independent business, between 50p-70p circulates back into that local economy.

Shopping online or out-of-town may save a little time or money, but for every £1 spent only 5p trickles back into the local economy.

Buying locally supports local traders, their suppliers and the people they depend on to run their businesses. It boosts the local economy, rebuilds confidence in the community and enables local businesses to prosper and grow.

Successful town centres and high streets mean more jobs are created in your area, not just in retail but across the economy.

If you don’t feel well

It’s still as important as it ever was to get a test and stay home if you have coronavirus symptoms:

  • A high temperature
  • A new, continuous cough
  • A loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste

Protect yourself and others

You can still help protect yourself and others by:

  • Washing your hands regularly (or using hand sanitiser)
  • Covering your face in enclosed spaces and where businesses ask you to
  • Keeping your distance from other shoppers where possible

Using your mobile phone for contactless payments, checking in at venues with the COVID-19 app and paying for parking with the RingGo app.