Rebecca Fisher says there’s so much retail choice here
A study in 2019 found there were over 330,000 independent businesses in the UK.
There are many reasons to support small businesses and independent shops. By supporting small businesses, you help to stimulate the local economy and in turn, it keeps businesses booming within the local area.
In Norfolk, we have an abundance of smaller independent shops and businesses.
Each shop and business adds charm to Norfolk’s small market towns and villages. There is something special about exploring our little villages and towns and discovering something new. You also know when you visit these smaller shops , blood, sweat and tears have gone into the businesses.
It is a special shopping experience like no other. However, it isn’t just the physical stores that we should support. Online independent businesses are just as important too.
When you support these types of businesses, you are supporting a dream and vision for the person behind it. We are lucky in Norfolk to have so many and that is something that should be supported and celebrated. Small businesses give back to the local community through local events and employing local people for their stores and production lines.
For fashion lovers, there are stores such as Everything Outdoors in Holkham, Katie’s Kind Closet which is a preloved online store but is based in Thornham, Percy Langley in Burnham Market which stocks many small British businesses. To just name a few.
For children, there are playful stores such as Ele and Me in Wells-Next-The Sea, Marshes and Flint at Creake Abbey and Nippers of Norfolk which is situated at Drove Orchards in Thornham.
For home decor, Barefoot Living in Burnham Market is a great place to visit, Aurina which also has stores in Burnham Market and Holt and Ocotillo in Holkham.
For entertainment, Mable’s Paint Pot in Burnham Market is a firm favourite for families and Cavies and Cake in Fakenham, a therapy Guinea Pig cafe. A more unusual experience but one that is loved and enjoyed nevertheless.
For food and drink, there are many amazing businesses in Norfolk. Every village or town has a wide range of independently owned coffee shops, pubs and restaurants. It is one of the great things that Norfolk is known for. The food and drink industry in Norfolk is huge.
People travel for miles to experience it and as locals, we should make the most of having these on our doorstep.
As we are now in October, Christmas is coming into the forefront of everyone’s mind and shopping for gifts at smaller businesses is a great way to support them as well as introducing people to the brands that might not otherwise know about them.
On October 23-24 at Thornham Village Hall, there is the autumn fair, 10am-pm. Some of Norfolk’s best small businesses are attending. It is going to be a great way to discover and support local business.