Loyal customers show support for Leamington businesses online while Covid-19 keeps their doors shut
Loyal customers of Leamington’s retail businesses have been showing their love for them online in an act of solidarity with many shut due to the pandemic.
BID Leamington asked its followers on social media to nominate their favourite independent business and say what they most loved about them as part of its annual ‘Love Leam’ campaign – with all having a chance of winning a ‘Love Leam’ cup.
And plenty of people have already responded with positive messages of support for their favourite shops.
Leamington businesses already nominated include butchers Aubrey Allen, homeware stores Berylune and Ember Home, comic book shop Collectors Assemble, plastic-free store Zero, and coffee shop Café Royal.
The Love Leam campaign aims to encourage people to discover and enjoy new experiences in Leamington.
BID Leamington’s project manager, Alison Shaw, said: “With the current restrictions forcing many of our great independent stores to close, we wanted to encourage people to show a little bit of love for their favourite shops.
“A wide variety of shops have already been named by customers on social media as their favourite, which is great to see. It gives the businesses a little bit of a boost in what is a difficult time for them at the moment.
“Leamington is certainly a place where residents are keen to support their local businesses and high street, so we’re confident this support will translate into customers heading back when restrictions are eased.”
As well as the social media competition, Leamington creative business Go Go Makers – based at Kingsley Prep School – is encouraging people to get creative for Love Leam.
It is asking people to create a self-portrait inside a heart – including the words ‘I Love Leamington’ - and send them a photo of their artwork.
Their pictures will be displayed in shop windows all throughout Leamington town centre as another act of love towards businesses.
While Love Leam is happening, BID Leamington is continuing to push for further government support for the hospitality, retail and leisure sectors, and is still providing advice and support to businesses during the pandemic.
It is also encouraging people to shop with their favourite Leamington stores online while they cannot visit in person.
Alison added: “We urge everyone who enjoys shopping in Leamington’s town centre to look online to see what our local stores have to offer.
“Many shops are offering delivery or click and collect options, so at the moment, the best way to continue to support Leamington’s stores is to buy from them online if it at all possible.”
To find out how to support businesses by shopping local, visit www.loveleamington.com and follow @LeamingtonGuide.
To submit a self-portrait to Go Go Makers, email it to [email protected]