Love Local: support Essex businesses

Love Local: support Essex businesses

Welcome to Love Local. We’re encouraging everyone to get behind the small business community in Essex and enjoy the benefits that come with local shopping, dining and visiting.

With an economy to boost, communities to support and net-zero targets to meet, Essex’s future can be redefined by supporting local businesses. Together, we can get local people back on their feet. We can create jobs and grow our economy. Ultimately, we can make sure local businesses thrive this festive season and beyond.

So, let’s champion the produce, products and people of Essex. Let’s Love Local.

How to support local businesses

Follow #LoveLocalEssex to find Essex businesses on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Shop local

Let's rediscover the magic of the high street. From hidden gems in independent gift stores to your favourite brands in a local fashion shop, you never know what you’ll discover when you Love Local.

If browsing for a bargain is more your thing, spend the winter uncovering the creators and crafters of Essex at seasonal markets.

For those who like shopping from the sofa, you can Click It Local instead. This Essex-based shopping site gives you the chance to browse local shops, order from different retailers and have items delivered to your home in one package. Supporting local retailers and reducing your carbon footprint? Win, win.

Here are some more tips to find and support local retailers:

Eat and drink local

Your favourite independent coffee shops, bistros, pubs and restaurants are ready and waiting. Book a table and enjoy great food, drink and company at a local venue.

Get behind local restaurants, pubs, cafes and suppliers by:

Visit local

Essex’s charming towns and villages are full to the brim of independent venues, local shops and exciting attractions – and Visit Essex is the place to find them. Whether you’re in search of wonder, adventure or a cracking good time, plan a new adventure with Visit Essex.

For fresh air and great views, head to a country park or outdoor heritage location. You can save money on car parking and more with an Explorer Pass.

Stay local

If you've been longing for a change of scenery, book a staycation here in Essex. You’re bound to get the best experience when you choose an independent stay.

Visit Essex features a whole host of places to rest your head after a busy day. Discover luxury waterfront escapes, characterful boutiques and heavenly spa retreats or the warm embrace of a local B&B or country inn.

Find more locally-owned accommodation on TripAdvisor, AirBnB and the B&B Directory.

Share the love with local businesses online

Follow our hashtag #LoveLocalEssex to find Essex businesses on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. You can also browse using #ShopLocalEssex and #EssexBusiness.

Love Local near you

Local councils and partners have set up schemes to support businesses in their area. You’ll find more opportunities to Love Local on their websites:

Do you own a local business?

Tag your business with #LoveLocalEssex on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to be seen by more local people.

We are offering funding, grants and support to help you through the restrictions. Visit our support for businesses and employers section to find out more.

Last updated 6 April 2021