Last Thursday, Team Beautiful took some time out and went on a little excursion to the Love Christmas Fair, which was held this year at The Chester Cathedral. After a long day, we were rather pleased to be greeted with a lovely glass of prosecco at the door! Upon entering the event (prosecco in tow), one of the first things we noticed was how busy it was. There were so many groups of people browsing the stalls, having a catch up and making a night of it; it was great to see a room full of people supporting local, independent businesses and there are so many benefits of doing this, especially at Christmas!
Shopping at independent stores bring so much more variety. Walking through the Love Christmas Fair, it was great to see all the stalls offering something different with many of the items being handmade. This means that you are bound to find items that are quirky and individual making Christmas shopping that little bit more fun. There is something for everyone, especially at these kind of events, so you’ll never have to worry about what to buy for your works Secret Santa again (even when you pick out your boss).
But when the products themselves are made locally, with local materials or ingredients you are also doing the environment a big favour. The products you buy won’t have travelled as far, or been packaged and posted in excess materials and plastic, meaning you are helping to reduce the amount of waste we make as a country. Great gifts that are great for the environment are a bit of a win-win really aren’t they? And what’s more, shopping independently is a great way to help boost our economy; it is as simple as the more money spent with local businesses, the more money will go back into the local economy. Another win-win? I think so.
Team Beautiful had a great time at the Love Christmas Fair, there was so much to see and buy and it just reiterated how important it is to shop independently. I’d say our highlight of the night has to be the fudge stall where I think we all ate our combined weight in fudge samples… we even bought some to take back to TBM HQ. I’m just waiting for the team to realise that my share of the fudge never quite made it into the office… then I’ll be in trouble!