Sure, it’s the most wonderful time of the year, but the festive season is not without its challenges. Trying to find the perfect gift for someone you love amongst the hustle and bustle of crazed Christmas shoppers and paying extortionate amounts for parking. Fortunately for you, shopping locally in Neath this Christmas can ease some of the stress. Here’s ten reasons to shop local for your gifts and groceries this year…
1) FREE Parking
Christmas is expensive enough without paying for parking on top. Make the most of free parking initiatives available throughout the festive period…
– Friday 29th November (Christmas Light Switch On) – Free parking after 10am in any Neath Town Centre Council Pay and Display Car Park provided by Neath Inspired
– Saturday 30th November (Small Business Saturday) – Free parking after 10am in any Neath Town Centre Council Pay and Display Car Park provided by Neath Inspired
– Saturday 14th December until Wednesday 1st January – Free parking in any Neath Town Centre Council Pay and Display Car Park provided by Neath Port Talbot Council
– Everyday on Floor 3 after 3pm – Free parking in Neath Multi Storey Car Park, every day after 3pm on Floor 3. Provided by Neath Inspired.
2) Local is Personal
By regularly shopping with small businesses in Neath, you are building a relationship that often extends beyond that of “just a customer”. The fantastic shop-keepers of Neath will always provide a positive and personalised shopping experience.
3) Don’t battle the crowds
Shopping locally is much better than battling the Christmas crowds at a large shopping complex. Remove the stress by shopping in Neath to avoid city traffic, car park queues and herds of people in cramped stores.
4) You’ll be boosting the local economy
Research on spending by local authorities shows that for every £1 spent with a small or medium-sized business 63p stayed in the local economy, compared to 40p with a larger business.
5) You’re likely to get better service
Local business owners do what they do because they are passionate about their products and typically take more time to get to know their customers. They’ll often go the extra mile to help you and to ensure you’re a satisfied customer.
6) Make a day of it!
Christmas shopping can be hard work! Be sure to schedule in a pit stop at one of Neath’s fantastic cafes, bars or restaurants. From traditional hand stretched pizzas at Moruzzi and Co to Christmas themed drinks at Smashed Rasperry, there’s something for everyone on offer.
7) Shopping locally is the ethical choice
Neath is home to our beautiful, historic Victorian Indoor Market which showcases the best of local produce. Local butchers, bakers, florists, and greengrocers are much more likely to provide produce with a much shorter ‘field to fork’ journey. In addition to supporting local farmers and producers, the food you buy is more likely to contain more nutrients and have less packaging.
8) You’ll find something different
Our Independent shops have shopped around to select a host of amazing products and bring them right to your doorstep. This often includes items you might not find at national chain stores – like this unique Bara Brith scented candle from Valley Mill. If you’re struggling to find a unique gift, the chances are that the shop assistant will go above and beyond to help you make the right choice.
9) Combine your shopping with ‘not to be missed’ events
Neath Town Council are proud to present their annual Christmas Festival. Both Friday 29th and Saturday 30th November will see Christmas Market Stalls line the streets of Neath showcasing unique handmade crafts, beautiful gifts and delicious food. The ‘switch on’ of Neath’s Christmas Lights will take place on Friday 29th November from 6pm – with Santa’s Grotto, Snow Globe, Bierkeller and plenty of children’s entertainment. Neath Inspired will be providing FREE mulled wine for the adults and FREE goody bags for the children.
10) Neath needs you!
The rise of internet shopping has taken it’s toll on high streets across the UK, and our town of Neath is sadly no exception. Despite this, our town still has so much to offer, and the more we support it, the more likely we are to see it thrive.