While the pandemic has affected us all in various different ways, small independent businesses have been hit particularly hard. Lockdown has affected our shopping habits considerably, from what we’re buying and where from to how frequently and how much we’re willing to spend. While big brands have also suffered during this time, not many face the risk of going under quite like small business owners do.
Research by online marketplace Not On The High Street found that small businesses in the UK have been severely affected by lockdown measures, with 55 per cent saying trade is suffering due to lockdown, and just 30 per cent saying they are able to operate as normal.
Which is why Not On The High Street’s summer sale couldn’t be more timely, as it gives us the perfect excuse to support independent artisans, makers, designers and boutique owners who have quite likely struggled through the last few months, while saving a few pennies for ourselves, too. With up to 50 per cent off a wide range of products, from the decorative to the practical, and the personalisation options sellers often offer, you’re bound to end up with something truly unique and yours to cherish forever.
The sale will last six weeks, finishing on 3 August, so there’s plenty of time to have a good browse and find those thoughtful gifts, stylish home and garden accessories, perfectly unique fashion items and more. But with over 6,000 products available to shop in the sale, it could take some time to find The One(s). Luckily, we’ve done the hard work for you and have scoured the website high and low to find some of the best products in the sale, all made or sourced by small businesses across the UK.
17 things to buy in the Not On The High Street summer sale