SUPPORTING YOUR LOCAL FOOD ECONOMY: NORTH EAST BUSINESSES
Lockdown or not there is still a whole host of ways to support companies in your local area - and treat yourself at the same time!
SUPPORTING THE NORTH EAST LOCAL ECONOMY
SHOP AT INDEPENDENTS
Choose your local greengrocers and farmers markets over big chain supermarkets or try a refill store like Nil Living in Grainger Market or Buy The Kilo by the coast. This supports small business owners and can also help you buy in bulk with less plastic packaging.
CHECK WHO IS OFFERING DELIVERY OR TAKEOUT
Lots of small businesses are offering delivery services in place of dining in or in-store shopping. Check out Little Green for tasty vegan takeaways and Flint Pizza for their collection options. Lots more food establishments are now listed on delivery apps such as Deliveroo too.
PLAN AHEAD WHEN BUYING GIFTS
Make a plan of upcoming birthdays and events you may need to purchase gifts for. Brainstorm gift ideas from local or independent brands and switch from big high-street names. Artisan food and drinks, bespoke hampers, handmade or unique treats can be found on Etsy or social media and collected at independent markets.
SUPPORT FOR FREE ON SOCIAL MEDIA
Support doesn’t necessarily have to mean parting with money. If you’re looking after your pennies try spreading the word about your favourite shops or eateries and help increase exposure of their brand.
Like, share, follow and recommend your favourite businesses.
Use the stickers on Instagram stories for supporting small businesses.
Leave a shining review on their website.
Had an amazing meal delivery? Post a pic and tag the company.
Found the perfect unique gift for a friend? Recommend their Instagram page in your stories or check in on Facebook.
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