Sparkles & Stretchmarks: A UK Parenting & Pregnancy Blog: Supporting Local Businesses*

Thursday, 26 September 2013

Supporting Local Businesses*

Since starting a new handmade craft business last week, I have been looking up various ways of reaching out to the local community to sell my goods.

In doing this, I realised how many local businesses there are around me which I had never heard of and would never otherwise have known about had I not been specifically looking them up.

I found everything from local cake makers, to chimney sweeps, scrap metal collectors to mobile beauty therapists and everything in between.

With times being hard for most of us at the moment, I think it's more important than ever to support local small businesses and get involved in community life as much as possible.

This evening I have found a whole host of local craft fayres coming up over the next few months, various market days in the town centre that I had no idea even existed, and found countless selling pages through Facebook promoting local businesses and produce.

All of this just from a quick Google search! 

I have filled up my calendar with market days to attend, street food festivals, carnivals and Christmas light switch ons to raise money for the local community, even a Victorian Evening and a Vintage Christmas Fayre both of which sound really exciting and right up my street!

I am so excited at the thought of spending more time giving back to and supporting my local community and local traders, and really think it's something that people should make an active effort to do. After all, who doesn't want their local community to thrive?!

Doing this reminded me of an advert I saw recently which actually brought a little tear to my eye (As so many adverts to these days! I don't know when I became such a soppy mess!) - take a look at it here:



Isn't there something really lovely about that?!

What do you do to get involved in community life and support your local businesses? As always, I'd love to hear from you!

*This post is sponsored by SpreaditFast

4 comments:

  1. I think supporting small businesses is the way forward - I'm very anti-mass consumerism as I think it devalues the hard work of handmade products. I ran a pop up tea party business for over a year and found that lots of customers didn't want to pay for products that were always homebaked and hand-decorated! Have you heard of #handmadehour on Twitter? It runs on a wednesday from 7.30-9.30 and it's great for networking handmade businesses. I've had great feedback on my crafts and it can link you with handmade businesses and events in your area x

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    1. Pop up tea parties sound so lovely!!! I hadn't heard of handmade hour, thanks for the tip Emma I`ll give that a try! :)

      xxx

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  2. I always try and buy from local businesses x
    Beautyqueenuk xx

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  3. To be honest, I hadn't ever really thought about it like this. But you've opened up my mind on this subject and I agree actually supporting local businesses is a great thing to do! x

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