Shopping habits are changing as many favour local shops over larger chains - #saveourshops

Over 80% of shoppers have changed their shopping habits during lockdown and have spent more with local shops and businesses over the larger chains during lockdown - and hopefully this means many won't go back.

The new research from Funding Circle, found more than half of shoppers said they have supported small businesses more than ever, with 90% confirming they will be continuing to do so in the future.

Since lockdown the SME club has been campaigning to #saveourshops as so many local businesses had to shut and many were concerned about going out of business. A spokesperson for the SME club said, "We are delighted to see that so many people have seen the importance of supporting the local communities by shopping local and supporting local business during this difficult period. There are many challenges ahead and we will continue to campaign to help local business as they struggle to reopen and face the new economic uncertainties."

The research showed that more than half of shoppers have even been introduced to a new independent enterprise by someone else locally during the last few months.

Most importantly two thirds of UK shoppers now realise how important local businesses are to society and their community and 76 per cent would like to see more local shops and service replacing chains in their local area.

Lisa Jacobs, UK managing director at Funding Circle said: “It’s been fantastic to see how communities have come together to support small businesses at a time when they need it most.

“From choosing to buy a loaf of bread at your local bakery to visiting an independent florist for fresh flowers – these small actions make a big difference to small businesses.

“This shift in the way people shop will only be positive for the recovery of small businesses over this coming period and it’s promising to see that this trend is likely to continue into the future.”

The research also found 46 per cent of those polled are encouraged to buy from small businesses by the unique products they offer, while 42 per cent said high quality goods entice them.

Half simply like knowing they are supporting their local community and 37 per cent enjoy the personal aspect, such as getting to know the business owner.

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