Buy Local: Now is right time to watch out for top deal
With retail experts predicting that the Great British high street could soon become a thing of the past unless something is done to preserve it, the message from local business leaders is clear – “use us or lose us.”
That is why the Grimsby Telegraph has teamed up with the Lincolnshire branch of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) to launch Your Life: Buy Local – a campaign to show you how making small changes to your spending habits can help save the high street and put more money back into the local economy.
As part of the campaign, we have launched the Buy Local loyalty card, which local shops and traders, like the one featured here, are signing up to in order to give you discounts until the end of the year, to encourage people to shop locally.
A LONG-established family- run jewellers is offering a timely deal to Buy Local card holders.
Nidd & Son jewellers, in Grimsby's Old Market Place, is offering 15 per cent off all watches until the end of June.
Joint directors Suzy McNally-Nidd and her brother Simon Nidd are the fourth generation to run the business since it began in 1895.
Suzy feels small local businesses provide better customer service than chain stores.
She said: "We have a more personal service than larger stores, we are very hands on.
"We know all the names of our regular customers."
Suzy believes without local shoppers spending within the town, her family business would not have survived for as long as it has.
She said: "Local support for independent businesses like ourselves is very important to maintain.
"This is our main reason for joining the Buy Local campaign."
Apart from watches, the store also stocks wedding rings, diamond rings, nine and 18 carat gold items, and a range of bespoke gifts such as silver photo frames. The company also has its own workshop in the store offering jewellery repairs, watch battery and strap replacement.
Suzy says they are one of the only stores still offering this service.
She said: "Some jewellery we do have to send away for repairs, but a lot we can do inside our own workshop.
"This can be done on the same day or next day, so we provide a very quick and efficient service."
Suzy thinks the Buy Local scheme is very beneficial.
She said: "I would encourage the public to sign up for their loyalty card and start bagging the great deals available."
Nidd & Son is open Monday to Saturday, 9am to 5pm. To contact the store, call 01472 341742.