Christmas is fast approaching and now more than ever, our high streets and small businesses need your help in order for them to survive. This year, Christmas is without a doubt going to be very different for everybody across Wirral and the rest of the country.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, many of our local businesses, shops, and restaurants have been forced to close. The doors of these shops and businesses may not be physically open, but that doesn’t mean they are not open for business. With Lockdown 2.0 nearing its scheduled end, we still don’t know for sure if shops will be allowed to reopen after December 2nd. But, there are ways to buy from local businesses, despite the fact that their doors are firmly shut.
You can still shop online from your favourite local businesses and continue to order and get delivery or click and collect from most restaurants and takeaways. Have a look online for their websites or social media accounts and see how they are making it easy to keep your £ local.
“Supporting small businesses is now more important than ever before. If [customers] wish to purchase anything I have decided to offer free delivery on all orders … to show my support in these difficult times.”Magdalena Jankiewicz – Foxy Candles
There are still a number of businesses on Wirral high streets who are classed as essential and therefore permitted to stay open. This includes businesses that are providing goods and services that include food shops & supermarkets, pharmacies, and off-licences.
“A lot of small business like my own have been hit really hard with Covid, we have lost a years trade due to the fact that we supply flowers for weddings and events.
“Support for local businesses is just that, support for local people who care about the local community. We should support them all year round and it’s even more important, this year, in the run up to Christmas, as it will help small traders gain something back from a miserable year and hopefully we can survive the slowdown in January and February.”Abi Roberts, Ewer-Roberts Flowers.
This Christmas, it’s more important than ever that when you are thinking about buying presents to think locally and shop locally. Consider ordering presents for your friends and family from local businesses, creatives, and independents.
And don’t forget that charities still need your support. Many have online shops where you can buy Christmas gifts, such as this online gift shop from Claire House.
If you still can’t make your mind up on what to buy as presents, a lot of small independent businesses sell gift vouchers and gift cards for your loved ones which can always be redeemed in the new year.