It’s more important than ever than we buy local now when we can. Also, it is not necessarily more expensive.
Recently, I ordered a small electrical item from Woolacotts in Bude. Not only was it cheaper than on Amazon and other outlets (yes, of course I checked) but it is also being delivered free to my home on Wednesday.
You get great service when you shop local, as I did today when shopping for some items at Bellini’s and also popping in to the Alchemist to discuss a bracelet repair (repaired on the spot). I can’t get absolutely everything I need/want locally, and I’m not a big spender, but have pledged to myself to use local shops when I can, as so many people in and around Bude do.
Another issue for businesses is ‘no shows’.
Even without the pandemic, ‘no shows’ are unspeakable. They cause great damage to businesses, so please have the courtesy to cancel rather than just not turn up.