Local independent shops need more support Campaign launched for local high street shops

07 July 2009

High street shopping

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Two-thirds of Brits think local independent shops need more support than ever, new research reveals today.

Four out of five British shoppers quizzed think a local store is important for community spirit. Which? members rate local independent shops highly – check out which types of local independent shop made our top ten in our survey of high street shops.

You can also find local gems on Which? Local, the free service for Which? members to find local shops and traders in your area, as recommended by other members.

Supporting local shops

The new research by Paypoint, a payment services provider for 22,000 retailers, found most UK consumers (63%) use local shops to top up on weekly shops. But they have other uses - 12% top up their mobile phones at local shops, while 9% go to them to pay household bills.

Paypoint launched its ‘Better Local Living’ campaign today to support local businesses, calling for recognition of the importance of local shops in communities. It said its survey revealed that 27% of respondents were aware that many local shops will go out of business if they’re not being used.

Post your own recommendations on Which? Local to support your local shops.

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