Shop local doesn’t have to mean small.  Of course, let’s support our independent businesses, they are a big part of our future but let us also remember that the bigger names employ local people, they put money into the local area and in my opinion, they really do have a place on the high street.  It is also worth being aware of businesses without bricks and mortar, we have some fab companies with their own sites & on Etsy, some are also stocked in local shops.  It really is all about balance.

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