Did you know that every time you buy from a small business an actual person does a happy dance?
You may have seen this message floating around on social media, and while it may sound cheesy, we can vouch for the fact that this is 100% accurate. We have worked with and supported countless local businesses since the first lockdown in March, and have been so impressed with the determination, grit and agility with which so many business owners have worked this year. However, there’s no shying away from the fact that this year has been extraordinarily tough for many businesses. So many have adapted very quickly to ever changing circumstances. As Christmas comes hurtling towards us (is it really November? What happened to all the months since March?), and we start our Christmas shopping in earnest, please remember that every time you buy from a local business you are supporting your neighbour, your friend, a family member, someone in your community. Most of our wonderful high street shops have been closed again, and markets have been cancelled, but you can still buy from your favourite local businesses online. You may be pleasantly surprised by the quality, originality, personal touch and after sales care that a small business will offer. So why not explore that local jeweller, candle maker, specialist skin care producer? You’ll be amazed at how many fabulous, original businesses we have in and around Cirencester.
During the month of December look out for our Christmas Advent calendar on social media (@growthhubciren), showcasing some of our wonderful local businesses.
If you are run a local business and would like help with improving your online presence, you can attend any of our free workshops (currently run via Zoom), all of which can be found and registered for at thegrowthhub.biz/events