One of the reasons shoppers give for not using small independent businesses is that the prices are more expensive – but this isn’t always the case.
Staff at one town centre butchers are trying to show that they can compete on cost as well as quality.
Richard Binsley, who owns Smiths Butchers in Chapel Street with his wife Ellie, said: “We always encourage local customers to shop locally and eat local produce especially for Christmas.
“All of our meat is British and locally sourced. People are able to buy as little or as much as they like and be reassured that they are buying quality meat not quantity.
“We are always able to tell the customer where the cut of meat has come from as we feel this is an important part of what you are buying.”
The couple said they hope shoppers will get behind the Free Press’ Love Your High Street campaign and spend their cash with local traders.
“If we don’t support local businesses, we will no longer have these businesses,” they said. “We have a great range of customers at the moment, both local and holidaymakers, but more people should realise that a small business is not always more expensive.
“We are two young people, 26 and 27, who work long hours but enjoy every second of owning our own business and supplying the community with the highest quality meat.”
So what one step would help their business most?
“Parking is very difficult in town with many spaces only letting you park for one hour and spaces are very limited, especially in the summer.”