Grimsby Garden Centre is helping to support local businesses this Christmas by holding a market of locally produced food, drink and gifts, showcasing what the area has to offer.
The market will include local businesses such as Pin Gin, Boggle Lane Foods, Breeze Aromatics and many more great independent retailers, along with a special appearance from Santa, it will be a day of festive fun for all of the family.
Grimsby Garden Centre believes in the importance of shopping locally and ethically. The commercial movement ‘Totally Locally’ have estimated that if every household in North East Lincolnshire spent £5 per week in their local independent shops rather than at big supermarkets or huge chains, an extra £17.9 million a year would go into the local economy. Meaning that the local area could benefit from more job opportunities and nicer amenities.
Clare Rayner of Retail Champion says: “Christmas sales can account for between a third and nearly two-thirds of a retailer’s annual turnover.” So supporting independent retailers at this time of year is crucial.
Grimsby Garden Centre shares the ethos of ‘Totally Locally’ in that they want to encourage people of North East Lincolnshire to support independent retailers more often, to promote economic growth locally.
The Christmas market is a great opportunity for customers to grab great gifts, food and drink from local independent retailers. Small local businesses often stock quirky and unique products that aren’t available in bigger, more commercial stores which can make great unique gifts for family and friends as well as supporting the local economy.
Not only will you be helping to support other small businesses based in North East Lincolnshire by coming along to the Christmas market, but Grimsby Garden Centre itself, being a not-for-profit social enterprise aims to improve the local area with any profit generated. Money spent at the garden centre goes directly back in helping to improve mental health services in North East Lincolnshire and the upkeep of Grimsby Garden Centre itself.
Jo Keen, general manager of Tukes says: “We are a not-for-profit company, so we don’t all have holiday homes; we put any income from the garden centre, back into improving the Grimsby Garden Centre and the services provided by NAViGO for people in North East Lincolnshire. We also deliver training opportunities on-site for people struggling to find work, so by supporting Grimsby Garden Centre, you are supporting people to gain further experience, and hopefully move on to employment.”
The Christmas market is going to be fun day out for all of the family, with an appearance from Santa, festive snacks and drinks, and face-painting.