These days, we all know that buying local is best.
However, unless we have a Farmers Market on our doorstep or some fantastic local deli’s in our neighbourhood, it can be extremely difficult to find the best locally produced, fresh ingredients we’re looking for. Even Google doesn’t necessarily produce the goods – many local suppliers don’t have the time or budget to create a website, and finding a directory of producers in your local area can be tricky at best.
So I for one, welcome the arrival of buyGB – a not-for-profit organisation that aims to promote and support local producers nationwide. The site (which will be launching in beta at the end of this month) will be a one-stop-shop for local producers to promote and sell their wares.
This service is likely to revolutionise the foodie marketplace. It will be free for customers to use and setting up a page will be extremely low cost for producers, allowing any local supplier, regardless of size to have an online shopfront; a place to post their news, mention any special offers and promote their business. By giving each of the Suppliers their own Microsites, it will take away the need for them to build individual websites, pay for expensive hosting and find the time to constantly maintain & update their own online pages. Brilliant.
So, keep your eye on buyGB over the coming weeks and you’ll be able to benefit from the wealth of information available, plus source and buy local food, craft and handmade goods directly from local suppliers.
I think it’s a fantastic concept and will definitely be making use of the service myself.
I love local!