Everyone has felt the effects of the pandemic.
The majority of people are now adapting to big changes such as working from home, losing their jobs or being furloughed due to COVID-19.
Many businesses previously temporarily closed or continued with limited services, and the need to support small businesses is greater than ever.
Many local small businesses rely on face-to-face contact such as cafes, restaurants, pubs, bookstores, gyms and local gigs to name a few.
This makes social distancing even more difficult for the independent business community, as they are forced to rely on those nearby to buy local goods.
One of the benefits of working remotely is that it gives you the opportunity to shop local and help the small business community working in your area.
There are unlimited reasons why you should make a conscious effort to help small businesses grow in these unprecedented times.
One of the most obvious benefits of supporting small businesses is the economic impact to help local development.
The social impact is also important; the need to support local small businesses and shops is driven by the need for character, appeal and atmosphere of the community.
During this time, sustainability is key, so the emphasis on small business support is important to help them continue their services, reduce redundancies and boost morale in the community.