Research shows that shopping with small, independent traders provides a huge boost to the local economy.
For every £1 spent, some 63p stays on our doorstep – compared to just 40p with larger firms.
One study also found the presence of thriving independent businesses boosts the price of nearby homes, so homeowners reap the rewards too.
There are lots of other reasons to go to South Holland’s fabulous independent shops.
Short distances from field to fork are better for us and that’s part of the philosophy underpinning Simpson’s in Hall Place – Spalding’s newest butchers.
Owner Gary Simpson said: “We buy as much locally sourced beef, pork, lamb and poultry as we can so we have full traceability on all products. And we firmly believe we offer value for money for the quality that we buy and supply.”
You can also get the benefit of expert advice from those in specialist industries and services because they are so knowledgeable about the products they sell – and that is true of everything from having new carpets or windows fitted to having the drive gravelled or a new bathroom installed.
Shopping locally is affordable too. Trader Mark Bennett is beating supermarkets – and sometimes the market – on price for top quality fruit, vegetables and flowers at his shop in Francis Street, Spalding.