It’s not about what you buy, it’s who you buy it from.
Small, independent and local businesses are one of the things that make Staffordshire such a great place to live, but Covid-19 has hit local shops, bars, restaurants, farmers, and local food suppliers hard.
More Staffordshire people than ever before want to shop local since coronavirus began because it’s key to our local economy and local jobs. If everyone spent an extra £5 locally it would be worth an extra £189 million to the Staffordshire economy.
Buying locally doesn’t mean spending more. It does mean getting what you want, how you want it at a price that’s right.
Buying locally means far more choice than ever before. Thousands of local businesses are now taking orders for their food suppliers online and delivered to your door, for example.
Browse Local Food Drops by Staffordshire-based iWeb - now boasting new suppliers such as Country Range, Mole Valley Farmers and Harvest Fine Foods, all now offering safe click and collect or delivery options.
So #ThinkStaffordshireFirst is about thinking differently. It’s not about changing what you buy or how your buy it. It’s just about exploring what local businesses have to offer first and doing our bit for local businesses and jobs.
Keep an eye on this page for our latest showcases of the small, independent and local businesses that are offering new things, delivering to your door or offering their service online, to make you #ThinkStaffordshireFirst.
- Groups and organisations working with vulnerable communities in Staffordshire are set to benefit from a new county council fund.
- Staff and volunteers from a community shop in East Staffordshire are celebrating after receiving funding for a new flood barrier.
- Families in Leek continue to get support throughout the lockdowns thanks to a project giving them access to fresh produce.
- A farm shop which marks its third anniversary this month and has seen its customer base triple over the lockdown period is backing a campaign to encourage people to Think Staffordshire First when shopping.
- Dozens of groups and organisations working with vulnerable communities in Staffordshire are set to benefit from a new county council fund.