5 ways to support your local businesses without spending money

1. Take the time to look around the shops, to find out what the businesses offer. Once you know what is available you can tell others, you can remember for when you do need something. Even if you can't spend, look around, say hello to the shop owners and tell them what you think of their shops, feedback is always helpful. 

2. Spread the word. Tell your friends and family about the shops and services you come across. You never know, something you've seen available locally your friend or family member might not have realised was available in a local shop. 

3. Get involved on social media. 'like' and comment on local business Facebook pages, 'share' their Facebook posts, 'like' and comment on their Instagram posts, retweet their Titter Tweets. This doesn't cost you anything but it really helps them. Each time you interact with their social media it boosts their profiles and will help them be seen more.

4. If you are looking for a product and it isn't available in a shop you thought it would be, let them know. If enough people request the product they might start stocking it. It might even be an item they can special order in for you. It is always worth asking.

5. Communicate. This one may seem odd but its worth thinking about. If you are a social person and are confident in talking to people don't be afraid to spark up a conversation. Some shop owners may be working alone all day and see very few people through the day, a short conversation with you might just make their day. It doesn't need to be deep, just something short and positive. Just to put a smile on their face. Years ago communities had friendships with their local shop owners, they took the time to get to know them. We could make Seaton known for being a positive friendly place to be if we all work together.

*Photo is of Seaton & Devon themed stock available at 30 Queen Street, Seaton created by So Creative Designs.