Have Yourself A Local Little Christmas…

by Jared Smith

Here at the Handy Mag we are counting the days until we can revert to the “old normal”. Yet there is one thing that we wouldn’t change.

The community-spiritedness and the encouragement and support for our local businesses that Ryedale has shown during 2020 has been extraordinary. Our community groups, charities, and businesses — and those individuals who keep them going! — are second-to-none, and the services they offer during these strange times are invaluable.

But they will not be around unless we give something back. It is therefore crucial that we continue to support our local businesses by shopping local, and our charities and groups by attending all their various going-ons and fundraising activities.

This is why the Handy Mag is saying #goRyedale and #goYork.

Our independent retailers, and also campaigns such as Malton in Bloom (MiB), transform our highstreets from tarmacked commercial areas to vibrant spaces perfect for days-out.

However that’s not all: By shopping local you are improving the local economy and helping to create jobs in your community; you are guaranteed great customer service; and you can find many unique products that aren’t available anywhere else.

Many of our retailers now have busy online stores and can take orders over the phone or by email so there is no excuse for not shopping local, even if the current lockdown is continued.

Our Handy Mags are jam-packed with local businesses — from plumbers and building contractors, to vets, florists, and dentists. You can find every advertiser from our most recent magazines on our online Business Directory — just head over to our website.


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