Free Parking on Bank Holiday Monday

With the bank holiday weekend approaching, we thought it was a good opportunity to remind you that Wandsworth Council is offering free parking in the borough’s parking zones on bank holiday Monday (August 26th). Click here for details about where you can park.

This is a great opportunity for you to not only take advantage of free parking, but to shop local. From literary bestsellers to the latest gadgets, there is something for everyone in Putney.

There are plenty of reasons why it is worth going local, and here are just a few:

Boost the local economy
Research shows that for every £1 spent with a small or medium-sized business, 63p stayed in the local economy. High streets populated with thriving independent businesses boost the prices of nearby homes, according to a recent study. The research by American Express found that house prices near a prosperous town centre have risen by an average of £40,000 more over the past decade than other properties.

Find quirky, one-off gifts
Independent shops often stock items which are made locally and aren’t available elsewhere. When it comes to gifts, quirky one-off items are a major plus of independent shops.

Try before you buy
Major retailers have the advantage of economies of scale and can afford to slash prices and offer reduced costs. However, it’s easy to waste money on products you end up not actually liking. You can hardly crack open a bottle of fizz in a supermarket aisle and do a quick taste test, or check if an apple is crunchy by taking a big bite. Neither can you do this online. At independent retailers, however, it’s easier to ask to sample a product. Many independent off-licences throw regular wine tasting events, while farm shops, bakeries and delis hand out tasters as a matter of course.

It is the ethical choice
Buying out-of-season produce, like strawberries in December, lowers your eco-credentials. As does eating turkey and carrots that have been flown halfway around the world or wrapped in layers of plastic. When you shop at local butchers, bakers, farm shops and green grocers, it is likely that a decent percentage of the produce has had a short ‘field-to-fork’ journey. Along with supporting local farmers, it means the food is likely to contain more nutrients and have less packaging.

Get a better deal and some good advice
Local bakers throw in extra bagels for regulars, grocers give informal 10% discounts, and market stall holders are prepared to negotiate on prices. Independent retailers can use their discretion to reward regular custom, and it can mean you get discounts on the items you actually want to buy, rather than being tempted by multi-buy offers in the big chains.

Help build communities
Bookshops, cafes and craft shops often drum up custom by hosting events, from book groups to knitting clubs and children’s events. If the businesses are not supported, the local groups tend to disappear too. Don’t forget to check out our events page, listing things that are happening in Putney.

View our directory for a full listing of Putney businesses – we hope you find what you are looking for.

Some content from The Guardian

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