Choose Local: Support Everyone
Our award-winning Choose Local: Support Everyone campaign encourages residents to support their community's vibrant local businesses.
Over the last 2 years we have been blown away by the love shown by Waltham Forest residents to our local businesses. You have chosen local to support everyone, from switching up where you get your fruit and veg, to eating out locally, to buying that gift in that little independent shop you always walk past but never popped your head in. And it’s not just that - you’ve clicked the like button on social media, tagged, posted, popped in to have a look, and made recommendations to friends, families and even strangers. All brilliant ways to help the business community as we come out of these tough times.
Who knows the place better than the locals? That’s why this time round, we are sharing and shouting about all the brilliant places to eat, drink, shop, be entertained and visit in our wonderful borough. And what’s better: they have all been recommended by you! So you know they’re good if your neighbours think so.
We still want to hear from you! Tell us about your local favs, recommend places, and show your pride in your borough and choose local, support everyone. Join the conversation online by using the hashtag #ChooseLocalWF on social media.
Check out how else to get involved below and read about our commitment to support our high streets through the pandemic and beyond. Remember to always shop safely, and respect the measures set out by businesses to stop the spread of coronavirus.
Why is it important to choose local?
For every £10 spent with an independent business - £3.80 stays locally. Your pound works a lot harder locally, helping businesses to employ locally, use local suppliers and buy local products.
Research by VISA shows that buying your Christmas dinner ingredients presents for your loved ones or home decorations from local businesses could double the amount of money that stays in the local community.
Don’t believe us? Well, what about these stats that might just motivate you to choose local.
It makes you feel good! 43% say they get a boost of happiness when they support local shopkeepers.
Over half (54%) say it’s important to them to shop locally because they know how much their custom means, think about how you can help someone in your local community, they could even be a neighbour or have a child that attends the same school as yours.
Local businesses contribute to their community by making the area a nicer place to live (39%) and keeping it vibrant and buzzing (38%).