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Local business feature: Deepest Darkest Gallery

Nestled between Table Mountain, the Cape Town CBD and the Atlantic Seaboard, De Waterkant is home to a number of cafes, retail stores and a wide range of accommodation options, ranging to suit every taste and budget, making it one of the trendiest areas in Cape Town.

This month, we spoke to Deon, owner of Deepest Darkest Art Gallery, a contemporary fine art gallery that has shared a curated collection of local and international art with De Waterkant locals since 2019. Here’s what Deon shares about the world of local art and navigating the pandemic in a location-based business.

  1. When was the business established?

February 2019

  1. Can you give us a bit of a background on Deepest Darkest? What do you do? What makes the business unique?

Deepest Darkest is a boutique contemporary fine art gallery curating work by a range of emerging and mid-level artists from South Africa and abroad. Our focus is on a range of disciplines with quality work that innovates a point of view while remaining accessible to a wide range of art collectors.

  1. What do you enjoy about running a business in De Waterkant?

The unique nature of the De Waterkant Village makes it a great setting. The Village is noted for its preserved historical architecture, narrow tree-lined streets and sidewalk cafes, lending itself to visitors exploring the various lifestyle offerings. We are also lucky to have some great guest-houses in the area, so, generally, we are fortunate to attract a wide range of visitors from around the world.

  1. Do you feel that the area is safe and clean, thanks to the GPCID?

The GPCID are crucial to the safety and upkeep of the village. The area’s 24-hour patrols are certainly a welcome relief and daily cleaning means that our streets are always clean. Ongoing GPCID involvement and support on community projects, like the recent upgrade of the De Smit Park, are also greatly appreciated.

  1. How was Deepest Darkest affected by the pandemic?

Like many across the world, the pandemic had a devastating effect on business. As a gallery, direct and personal engagement with the artwork is a crucial interaction. While we did of course explore digital avenues, and continue to do so, these prove to be limited; lacking a real sense of presence. Additionally, with the travel restrictions, a key portion of our target market is unable to visit. So, like everyone, we certainly hope that all will steadily return to open travel eventually. In the interim, we limit our exhibition openings and also offer private viewings where you can book a slot and have the gallery open exclusively while you view the exhibition in private.

  1. To what do you attribute your success? (Either over the years or in overcoming the pandemic).

We have tried to position the gallery as an open and inclusive space. Because the space is fairly intimate, it allows a more personal experience, as opposed to a cold incubator-like space. Similarly, the range of artists we show is diverse and interesting. We’re constantly looking into new ways to not only engage with our key audience but also to attract the next generation of art collectors and appreciators. I’d like to encourage anyone living in De Waterkant to start collecting original art and to support local artists who have struggled significantly through the pandemic. Buy something you identify with, love, and can see yourself living with.

  1. Where do you hope to see Deepest Darkest in the next 5 years?

We’re hoping to expand both our programme and our offering. Certainly, increasing access to great contemporary art from not just South African, but from the rest of the continent and across the diaspora. The pandemic has halted certain plans for art fairs, both locally and internationally, but this too is something we are hoping to pick up in the foreseeable future.

In a home, empty-looking rooms with bare walls can make for a depressing living environment and art pieces can act as a powerful decorating tool. Artwork is great for adding an extra dimension to any room and is a sign of a well finished, personalised interior. So, pay Deepest Darkest a visit and see if any pieces tug at your heartstrings – you’ll be surprised how beautiful artwork can make all the difference to your home.

3 suspects arrested for the murder of a homeless man

At the beginning of January 2021, a homeless man was discovered murdered in Green Point. Our GPCID public safety personnel quickly joined forces with Lieutenant Colonel Stephen’s unit at the South African Police Service (SAPS) to respond to the incident, utilising our combined connections within the homeless community.

Through these connections, we managed to identify three suspects as being local street dwellers, within the same day of this awful incident occurring. Captain Oktober was instrumental in the arrests, assisting our team by obtaining physical descriptions of the 3 suspects, as well as other valuable intel which ultimately resulted in their apprehension.

Due to exceptional communication between public safety members and our various connections, the first suspect was arrested just a few days after the incident occurred. This arrest was made possible when our team received a tip-off that the suspect was queueing for food outside the Haven Night Shelter on Napier Street.

“Our team quickly proceeded to the shelter, where the first suspect was placed under arrest,” Colonel Stephen said.

The following day, our team received another tip-off from connections in Langa about the second suspect. This led us to a Cape Town taxi rank, where the suspect was in line to board a taxi out of the Western Province. He was apprehended and arrested.

Finally, on the same day as the second arrest, Captain Oktober received intel on the third suspect’s location. Officers quickly headed toward the lower end of Newmarket Street, where the third and final suspect was arrested under the Nelson Mandela Boulevard Bridge.

“None of these arrests would have been possible without the in-depth knowledge about those living on the streets of Cape Town that our unit has. It is through the GPCID and these connections that we receive a lot of valuable intel, which allows for our quick response,” says Colonel Stephen.

We would like to emphasise the importance of time sensitivity in cases like these, where the slightest delay can result in a failed operation. Our team was extremely mindful of the time taken to respond to the incident. Please note that the aim of this article is not to place fear in the members of our community, but instead to commend our staff, Colonel Stephen and his unit on their outstanding effort and dedication to creating a safer community.

Please keep our GP/OKCID 24/7 contact numbers on your phone, should you ever wish to report an incident or require assistance:

GPCID patrol vehicle (24hr)
082 214 3228

OK CID patrol vehicle (24hr)
082 217 1386

Working remotely in Green Point

Recently, Cape Town was named one of the best destinations for digital nomads. But what does this mean? A digital nomad is someone who earns a living in a mobile manner, i.e., working remotely from somewhere as exciting as a foreign country or, even more exciting, depending on who you ask, such as a coffee shop.

Cape Town was placed at number 42 on the list of 50 best places for remote working, based on aspects such as how affordable it is to work remotely in Cape Town, the range of co-working spaces offered to digital nomads, and how expat-friendly our communities are.

While Cape Town’s internet connection and WIFI access offer their own set of challenges to those working remotely, and we face a few additional safety concerns, the Mother City still manages to reel in digital nomads by the thousands, likely due to its offering of diverse cultures, beautiful scenery and quirky neighbourhoods.

Cape Town’s choice of tastefully decorated, shared workspaces that encourage productivity and interaction, and a wide selection of cosy cafes that spark creativity, even on the dullest of days, can make choosing one’s best-suited remote working environment an overwhelming and tricky task. Lucky for you, we’ve put together a list of our favourite local spots, where diverse people, perspectives and purpose collide, in true GPCID live-work-play fashion.

Ideas Cartel 

1 Sand Hill Road, Green Point

Ideas Cartel is a premium work-and-play hub, for the digital nomads who want it all. This co-working space is targeted mainly at budding entrepreneurs, exciting start-ups and business accelerators, but is also hugely popular amongst full-time freelancers and entire work teams. The space offers a selection of private booths, offices and meeting rooms, as well as general communal spaces. Their Old Foundry branch, located at 1 Sand Hill Road, Green Point, is spaced out across three floors and features an on-site café, rooftop bar, gym, and a 150-person auditorium (perfect for once COVID has passed).

Bootlegger Coffee Company Cape Quarter

Shop 45, The Cape Quarter, 27 Somerset Road, Green Point

Bootlegger Coffee Company offers a cool, laid-back atmosphere with plenty of counter space, free speedy WIFI, and ample plug points, making it a great remote working location. The Cape Quarter branch even has outside seating, allowing you to soak up some much-needed Vitamin-D while you work. Talk about productivity!

Origin Coffee Roasting

28 Hudson Street, De Waterkant, Cape Town

Origin Coffee is said to have pioneered speciality coffee in South Africa. Since opening their doors to the public in 2006, Origin has quickly become one of the best-known artisan coffee roasters in the Mother City, providing thousands of Capetonians with their daily dose of caffeine. This unassuming spot offers an expansive workspace and is fuelled by 50 single-origin coffees, offering a truly unique experience each day. Make sure you ask the staff for permission to take a look at the roaster upstairs during one of your “brain-breaks” for a chance to see where the magic happens first-hand.

The Stranger’s Club

1 Braemer Road, Green Point, Cape Town

Located just off Green Point Main Road, The Stranger’s Club is one of the coolest cafes in Cape Town and offers digital nomads an inner-city oasis where you can bury your head in work or simply just take some time off from the hustle and bustle of urban living. The open and airy space means plenty of fresh air and through-flow, and their wholesome and healthy treats will keep you sufficiently fuelled.

So, there you have it – our top picks for remote working in Green Point! Let us know if we’ve left out one of your favourites.

Green trends every Green Pointer can follow in 2021

The new year has rolled in; we’ve cleared the home office of festive wrapping paper and DIY tools; and we’re well on our way to growing our own herbs and veggies in our new planter boxes – which everyone has acquired seemingly overnight.

2020 saw many of us move indoors and Mother Nature thanked us for giving her some time to breathe, rebuild and strengthen. However, not all of us are optimistic about the effects lockdown has had on our environment.

The age of the pessimistic consumer

In fact, in a survey conducted by Global Web Index for their 2021 consumer trends report, and what they call the ‘Green Awakening’ that is sweeping the world, just over 40% of surveyed consumers thought the Covid-19 outbreak would have a negative effect on the environment, either in the short-term or long-term.

25% of consumers who were optimistic about the impact of the pandemic on the environment admitted that they thought the positive effects would be short lived, meaning that the negative effects would eventually outweigh the positives.

This means that businesses, governments and consumers need to work together to encourage drastic changes now to ensure we don’t continue to fall further into the abyss of an environmental disaster.

Green businesses take the lead

70% of consumers who participated in the Global Web Index’s 2021 trends survey (which we recommend everyone should read) said that reducing their own environmental impact was more important than ever since the start of the international lockdown. With 72% of consumers saying that sustainable business practices were more important to them because of Covid-19, it’s the perfect time to find those businesses who care and then collaborate with them.

One of these eco-conscious businesses are WastePlan, a company you may already be familiar with in the Green Point area.

WastePlan is our dedicated recycling collection service and they are doing a great job to ensure all residents of Green Point can participate in home recycling without having to do all the heaving lifting.

Their free door-to-door collection service means 83 000 Cape Town residents can recycle at home, diverting about 1,142,955 kg of waste from landfills every month. Yes, that’s more than 1 million kilograms of recyclable consumer waste that would have ended up in our oceans, waterways and streets had the collection service not been running.

As residents of Green Point, you can contribute to the ‘Green Awakening’ during COVID-19 to keep the environment and our people safe through WastePlan’s residential recycling collection service.

All you need to do is collect your recyclable waste in a separate recycling bag to your usual waste (food scraps and non-recyclables) and take the recycling out with your refuge and place it next to your refuge bin. WastePlan will collect your recycling on the same day as your dedicated refuse collection day.

To find out how you can be a green warrior in the Green Point area, head over to WastePlan’s website for more information about the recycling programme.

You can also download their recyclables infographic from their website to read all about collection days, what you can and cannot recycle and how our waste is moved through the recycling process.

Together we can make a difference to the ways our communities consume waste. Like most changes in perspective and behaviour, it starts at home and we have no excuse not to make a change in our homes with free services like WastePlan. Let’s continue our green journey together in 2021 and make Green Point a space where we can all contribute to a greener tomorrow.

Point of Fitness

Green Point is an ideal location to get active, work out and break a sweat! Taking a step away from life’s daily stresses can improve your quality of life and well-being – it’s the natural mood lift we all need right now. Yoga Life Is a brilliant spot to free your mind and tone your body with a wide range of classes available. Best part? They’re offering free yoga classes on Mondays, Wednesdays and Sundays. All you have to do is download the Mind Body app and book now. Two alternative Green Point gems – Zone Fitness and Planet Fitness – offer all the gym facilities you need to get into shape.

Yoga Life

This studio space has created an atmosphere that nurtures a lifestyle embodied by community, courage and compassion. Yoga Life, situated in De Waterkant Village, is a centre where all your yoga requirements are met with a variety of training programmes. We mean it when we say all your needs are met – they even have a range of vegan and refined sugar-free treats from Thank Goodness Foods, as well as a range of yoga gear from various brands. Classes such as Power Yoga and Vinyasa help build core stability, stamina and strength through staying tuned in to the present moment by connecting breathing to movement.

(Source: The Yoga Life)

Zone Fitness

Located in Cape Quarter, this multi-purpose fitness studio offers you all the facilities you need to get in shape. Zone Fitness Green Point’s mission is to be a national fitness club and offers all premium facilities ranging from electronic cardiovascular equipment to group training and personal trainers, to provide personalised fitness programs. This makes Zone Fitness the perfect place to blow off some steam in a workout.

Try the 1 day free pass for first time users or get your membership here.

(Source: Zone Fitness)

Planet Fitness

Planet Fitness is the place to ramp up your exercise routine, whether it be an early morning hustle before work, or a late evening wind down. It is not too late to get the physically active lifestyle that will boost your mood and energy to improve your quality of life beyond just your body frame.

(Photo by: The Planet Fitness 2020)

The De Waterkant gym has scheduled classes headed by trained instructors ranging in categories from strength and conditioning, to martial arts and more. With sessions available all day bookings are available here.

 

Salesians Institute Youth Projects take part in first-ever virtual World Education Week

Studies show that around 120,000 young adults and children live on the streets of the Western Cape. Much of South Africa’s youth is in crisis and Salesians founder, St. John Bosco, recognised this and formed the Institute over 110 years ago, with a core focus on safeguarding and improving the lives of young people in order to create a better future for our country. In the Western Cape alone, 44% of the population are under the age of 25 and nearly a third of these young people live in poverty, with many suffering from severe deprivation.

The Salesian Institute Youth Projects is a local NGO, located on Somerset Road in Green Point, that exists to serve vulnerable children and youths at risk, regardless of race, religion, gender or nationality. They do so by providing them with education, shelter and emotional support, and equipping them with the skills required to for them to stay out of danger, find employment, and lead a happy and positive life.

The Salesians programmes have classes offered to children and youths who have left the South African schooling system or those who come from socially disadvantaged backgrounds. They offer basic skills to those who have been unable to pass their matric exams, such as woodcraft, electrical and hospitality skills, and train disadvantaged individuals to become employed in the automotive service and maritime industries.

Photo: Frieda Pehlivan

Additional life skills are passed on to at-risk youths, in order to instil self-confidence and social skills, and to teach them about budgeting, time and stress management, violence sensitisation, goal-setting and positive thinking, to name just a few.

Their Learn to Live School of Skills recently took part in the first-ever virtual World Education Week conference, where 100 schools from around the world were invited to speak on a variety of topics, and were one of only seven schools in South Africa asked to speak. The Institution shared their insights on the implementation of project-based learning, being one of just a few schools in this country piloting this methodology.

Photo: Frieda Pehlivan

Project-based learning encourages learners to think interdependently, communicate clearly, manage impulsivity, take responsible actions and apply past knowledge to new experiences and real-world challenges. This learning takes place in a dynamic classroom environment and aims to encourage better work habits and attitudes toward learning.

For more information on their programmes or to find out how you can get involved, visit www.salesianyouth.org or read more about them here.

We cannot wish homelessness away

Every homeless individual’s situation is unique. There is no quick fix for ending homelessness in a community. The issue is not as simple as lacking a roof over one’s head, but rather extends to a lack of access to social-economic opportunities that are essential for human survival, such as health services, quality education, and job opportunities.

Although there are many contributing factors to the prevalence of homelessness in our society, the hardships of this current pandemic will lead to a further increase in the number of people living on the streets in Cape Town. We must unite and contribute to long-term solutions as a community, especially as the relaxation of lockdown regulations causes makeshift homeless shelters to close.

What can I do?

First and foremost, we as the GP/OKCID urge you to donate to our local NGOs, rather than giving hand-outs at robots. Whilst cash donations to individuals can unintentionally perpetuate cycles of destitution, giving to an NGO or handing out vouchers for local shelters can support long-term solutions.

NGOs provide services which aim to help people build a more stable life, rather than just survive the next day. These include rehabilitation, reunion, and both social welfare and physical care. Our local players include Ladles of Love, who provide the hungry with warm, nutritious meals, and Haven Night Shelter, who offer shelter, meals, and rehabilitation services.

Organisations such as these are always looking for donations and volunteers to keep their offering open. Please head to their websites to find out more, or contact us for further information as to how you can contribute.

Fieldworkers from the Sea Point, Fresnaye and Bantry Bay (SFB) Ratepayers Association have also joined the existing Safety & Cleaning Initiative to aid homeless people on the Atlantic Seaboard. This collaboration, in cooperation with local NGOs and the City of Cape Town, is exactly the kind of alliance which can help bring change. This assistance includes helping people to obtain IDs and acquire jobs, as well as helping them to put a roof over their heads. You can support this initiative by visiting their website and donating whatever you can afford.

Our promise 

We believe in the broken window theory – a concept that “each problem that goes unattended in a given environment affects people’s attitude toward that environment and leads to more problems.” That is why we promise that our environment will remain well tended to, and that problems are dealt with when they arise, because this affects attitudes and leads to continued good management and maintenance. The GP/OKCID and Straatwerk cleaners will continue their work to keep our beautiful streets clean and looking their best, and our 24/7 CID patrollers will keep residents safe by providing security services to residents of Green Point and Oranje-Kloof. Furthermore, we hope that this information pushes us all to manage our homeless problem more sensitively and effectively to limit the negative impact on our community.

If you feel at all unsafe or want to report an incident, please call:

GP CID 24/7 Patrol Vehicles
082 214 3228

GP CID Operational Managers
071 670 3019/ 072 944 6811

OK CID 24/7 Patrol Vehicles
082 217 1386

OK CID Operational Managers
071 670 3019/ 072 944 6811

Let’s work together for a safer, fairer community for all as we build our post-covid society.

Don’t let COVID-19 run our blood banks dry

The demand for blood products has sadly remained constant throughout the current turmoil. People continue to require blood products in our hospitals and clinics, often in the form of life-saving transfusions. Unfortunately, COVID-19 resulted in a setback in the Western Cape Blood Service’s supply of donations, and though the non-profit has assured the city that the current blood supply is adequate we encourage you to help increase stocks.

The limitation of public movement during the national lockdown is the probable cause of the recent dip in donations. Though we are grateful for your compliance in limiting your journeys and activities, donating blood is entirely within the regulations. We would therefore like to inspire new and regular donors of all blood groups to donate. Anyone who is between the ages of 16 and 75, who weighs more than 50kg, leads a safe sexual lifestyle and is healthy on the day of donation can perform this civic duty.

Did you know that a single donation of blood has the potential to save three lives? This is because one donation contains plasma, red blood cells and platelets, all of which can be used for different people. We understand that many people are nervous about the process, but can promise that even people who are scared of needles sail through it! Blood transfusions are usually called for in emergency situations, so it’s vital that the blood supply remains adequate, as you never know when you, or someone you love, may need it.

It has been determined that COVID-19 cannot be transmitted through blood, so donations and transfusions remain safe regardless of the pandemic level. We can assure blood donors that donating blood is safe, as the wellbeing of blood donors and employees is the WCBS’s priority. COVID-19 specific measures have been put in place to ensure the safety of everyone involved.

All WCBS staff have been issued with alcohol-based hand sanitisers and communal hand sanitisers are available throughout all clinics. All surfaces and equipment are also regularly sanitised. Staff are equipped with personal protective equipment, including face masks and face visors. All donors are pre-screened to assess their risk of having COVID-19 before entering the clinic, and are required to wear a mask. There are also strict social distancing measures in place.

To help save lives, please visit www.wcbs.org.za or call 021 507 6300 to find a donation clinic near you. The closest one to our GP/OKCID area is the Western Cape Blood Service blood donor centre at 9 Long Street, Cape Town.

4 ways to help your community in lockdown

It is more important now than ever that we come together to help our fellow South Africans through this difficult time, not only by supporting our local businesses, but by doing everything in our power to help those who are suffering.

Esther Perel – a ground-breaking Belgian psychotherapist – who is at the foreground in researching pandemic-related emotions, states that: “Nothing can take us out of our depression, guilt, or boredom like helping others. It gives us a sense of purpose. Just look around you – who needs a latex-glove covered helping hand?”

While money is always accepted by groups serving those in need, your time and effort is just as important, if not more so. When you volunteer your time, you let those you are helping feel seen, and that they are important and worthy of your time. Volunteering is a win-win, as those who require help receive it, and those who volunteer learn that helping others boosts your happiness and sense of well-being.

There are so many ways to make a positive difference in your community, beyond simply supporting local, as we discussed in our previous blog post. It has been amazing to observe that, while the need for assistance grows, so does the desire to help. If you find yourself in a position of wanting to help, but are unsure of how, we hope these ideas will give you some direction.

Fundraise for a cause you are passionate about. There are a number of organisations striving to maintain their work during the pandemic, which is especially difficult due to limited resources, making fundraising crucial. Forgood.co.za is a great platform that helps connect people to causes, where you are able to view a list of organisations in Cape Town that require a donation of goods or a monetary donation. The GP/OKCID has recently donated 350 masks from KARMA Corporate Clothing to Red Cross Children’s Hospital, law enforcement and SAPS Anti-Gang Unit in an effort to help those on the front line who are putting their lives at risk to help South Africa.

If you enjoy art, set some time aside to design colouring-in sheets to donate to a local children’s care centre, such as Nazareth House or an elderly care centre, like NOAH, to brighten up someone’s day. Art therapy is great at alleviating depression and anxiety, while stimulating the minds and imaginations of those who have even less freedom of movement than most during the lockdown.

Tutor a student. Students have recently had their schooling routine completely turned on its head, and may have fallen behind on their workload as a consequence. Thankfully, tutoring can easily be done over a computer with the help of online video chat platforms such as Zoom and Skype. A reminder that many are not currently receiving their full income, so consider charging lower rates to help those who may not be able to receive tutoring otherwise.

Help the elderly by volunteering to do their grocery shopping for them. Shopping isn’t an easy task for many senior citizens regardless of what is going on around the world, never mind when we are experiencing a pandemic. Our elderly are some of the greatest at risk, given a lowered immune system due to the effects of ageing and medical conditions. We can assure you that your offering to assistance will be greatly appreciated – just be sure to follow all restrictions and be extra cautions while delivering their shopping.

The COVID-19 pandemic has created even more of a demand for assistance to those in need than we usually face in Cape Town. So we’d like to appeal to each of you to assist if and however you are able to.

Support local – make the switch

While measures taken by the South African government are appropriate and necessary to slow the spread of COVID-19, small businesses everywhere, including those in our areas, are suffering.

However, where there’s a will there’s a way, and many of these businesses have adjusted their offering to introduce contactless service. Read our latest newsletter for a list of the medical facilities, supermarkets and pharmacies in the Green Point and Oranje-Kloof areas that are still open during lockdown. Now it’s up to us to support them and help them survive in these tricky times.

Beyond helping our small businesses remain afloat through this crisis and limiting the spread of COVID-19 by reducing our movement within Cape Town, supporting local has benefits that will outlive this pandemic. The movement of consumers from large businesses to local farmers, craftsmen and other retailers, stimulates the South African economy in more ways than you might predict.

How you can support local businesses now:

  • Consider paying for things in advance by purchasing gift cards for when lockdown is over and you’re back to your usual routine of morning coffees at the local café or weekly boxing classes. This gives you something to look forward to, and their cashflow a real boost.
  • Shop online. We all need to eat but consider avoiding the crowds and purchasing essentials online. Here are a few locals we’re loving:

https://dailygoodsstore.org/

https://thevegboxcompany.co.za/

https://www.wildorganics.co.za/

https://buyfresh.co.za/

  • Work out at home. Many local workout studios are offering online classes, some even for free! Whether you’re paying for an online workout or providing them with exposure by gushing to your friends about that free class you did, you’re helping a small company. To feel the burn, we recommend:

@iamdrenched free live Instagram workouts

@themovementlab_sa free live Instagram Pilates classes

@theyogalife’s live streaming classes. Be sure to book your spot on the MINDBODY App.

Local businesses drive innovation

Since a lot of small business owners operate in the same communities they live in, they have first-hand knowledge of their community’s wants, needs and challenges, according to Entrepreneur.com. This empowers them to solve the problems, wants and needs on their doorstep.

Small businesses have a more direct connection to their consumers and thus work to meet these specific needs in ways that are best for the local customer, economy and environment (for the most part). Beyond their size, small businesses are defined by their ethos of creating the products, services and solutions they’re passionate about and their small innovations drive our economy and the world forward.

Economic impact

When you shop locally your money remains in your community, and a strong local economy is essential for bringing about community development. KANTAR SA’s Barometer Research from March 2020 states that consumers are already shifting towards shopping local since COVID-19, because with health becoming a greater fear, they’re paying more attention to the origin of the products they buy. Maybe, local really is lekker.

Right now, with our decisions about where to spend our money we have the power to help our economy stay afloat by giving small businesses the best chance of recovery once we have overcome the pandemic.

Social impact

Local businesses can preserve their community’s character, rather than allowing it to be overtaken by the homogenising force of multinational companies. By supporting the little guys, you ensure that your community’s unique quirks and perks are preserved.

Sustainability

Smaller businesses are generally more transparent due to a shorter value chain (manufacturer-to-consumer journey). This means more sustainable materials and suppliers. You may pay slightly more for these goods compared to those sold by big chains, but you’re paying for the quality, and the peace of mind from knowing that your goods were produced ethically.

Better customer service

Big companies are driven to pay their shareholders a large return. As a result, customer service and satisfaction isn’t always the top priority. You’re often dealing with people who are far removed from the decision-making process. For a small business, however, every customer matters. As a result, they will generally provide a much more personal in-store experience and customer service that is taken seriously. In some cases, shopper and entrepreneur will be directly interacting.

Yes, we’re currently facing a very challenging situation, but aren’t we so lucky to have so many brilliant small businesses on our doorstep? Who knows, you may end up discovering your new favourite local! Post a comment and let us know what you discover, and which businesses you are supporting in our area.

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