Like it or not Christmas is well and truly on its way.
For many businesses bad trading over this period can affect their ability to carry on. You can help them survive by supporting them whenever possible. By doing so you'll also help your local economy. It's a fact that more of the £ you spend locally stays locally helping to provide jobs among many other benefits.
Basically it's also the right thing to do. When you buy from local butchers or greengrocers it probably means that a lot of what you buy is produced locally.
You're likely to be able to pick up something different from shops who support local artists and craftsmen who make things often only available locally.
Who wants a high street full of the usual big businesses? It's the independent shops and stores that make the difference so let's get behind them this Christmas and throughout the year.