Shop Local & Buy Angus This ChristmasGillian Black
Shoppers are being called on to support their local high streets and retailers this Christmas, keeping money in the community and giving a much-needed boost to the local economy with the launch of Buy Angus.
Led by Dundee and Angus Chamber of Commerce (DACC) and Angus Council, the campaign is putting the spotlight on the diverse range of retailers in the area, highlighting how easy it is to shop for gifts this Christmas while supporting local business.
Alison Henderson, chief executive, Dundee & Angus Chamber of Commerce, said: “Keeping any business afloat over the last six months has been a huge challenge but especially so for retailers who were forced to close their doors at times. However, the resilience, tenacity and creativity we’ve seen from independent traders has been truly inspirational. So many have adapted their business, product lines and services to ensure a local shopping experience is there to support their customers.”
As well as extending open hours, increasing browsing space and creating a delivery service, many retailers have increased or launched their digital presence with online shopping options, such as Redcastle Gin who are offering facetime shopping appointments.
Montrose based, Sup2summit is the leading outdoor activity provider in Angus. Specialising in stand up paddle boarding, bushcraft and rock climbing they have now focused their offering between Aberdeen and Dundee ensuring minimal travelling, while encouraging people who live in the area to explore the hidden gems right on their doorstep.
Jim Wight, owner, Sup2summit, said: “More people enjoying the great outdoors has been one of the good things to come out of 2020. Previously, we worked with clients from all over Scotland but we’re thrilled to be able to help more local people enjoy this beautiful part of the world.
“Spending with small independent businesses this Christmas, whether on a tangible gift or a gift voucher is a killer combination – it supports the local economy rather than the multi-national chains, while also finding original gifts that aren’t mass produced.”
Details of local traders across the area will be featured on the Buy Angus website where a competition to win one of three festive gift boxes filled with local treats, including a turkey from Fleming Butchers, Arbroath, can be won.
Alison Henderson, chief executive, Dundee & Angus Chamber of Commerce, added: “There are hundreds of small businesses who really need our support over the coming months. Rather than spending money this Black Friday with the big retailers, there are bargains and offers to be had right here on our doorstep with passionate traders who will go the extra mile to give their customer what they need. We’re calling on shoppers to keep their festive spend in the local economy, whether that’s at events such as Angus Farmer’s Market, via websites or Facebook pages or physically going along to the shops. With such a wide range of retailers, from artisan food producers and furniture makers, to talented jewellers and artists, there is something for everyone and if ever there was a time to show support, this is it.”
For more information, see the website.