Support Local

Blaby District is encouraging residents to support local businesses when they go shopping for items and services from butchers to beauticians. Be a great local and enjoy the feel-good factor that comes with supporting the local economy, which in turn makes us all thrive!

Launching April 2022, the new support local campaign activity focuses on showcasing the wonderful small businesses located across the District. The campaign's artwork includes images of six local businesses from Stoney Stanton to Glenfield.

Reasons to Shop Local

Shopping locally has obvious benefits for local businesses, but how do customers benefit?

  • Spending locally keeps money circulating within the District
  • It's an environmentally conscious choice - items made locally carry no carbon footprint
  • A trusted customer service - did you know that 59% of people say they prefer to buy from someone they know, and 60% trust recommendations by local shopkeepers (source: BBC). Get to know your local businesses - they can't wait to get to know you

How to Get Involved

Tell us about your favourite local shops - use the contact form at the bottom of this page.

Tag us in your posts @BlabyDistrict and use the hashtag #BeAGreatLocal. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and share and save the images from our posts.

Download Support Local posters for your front window, or business shop front using the download panel below.

How residents can Support Local

ShopAppy is a brand new platform used by Blaby District which acts as a virtual shop window - browse and buy from almost 60 local businesses, web page linked below.

Take a look below at a selection of local businesses loved by Blaby District, and find out how supporting local can suit your shopping needs. At the bottom of the page you will find links to business web pages.

Males Menswear

Emma and Kevin have owned the suit and kilt hire shop in Blaby village centre for 25 years.

They provide formal menswear hire for all types of special occasions. With new Spring and Summer stock and wedding season upon us, why not pay them a visit? Males Menswear also sell everyday clothes including well-known brands, so check them out when you're next in Blaby.

You can also order from them through ShopAppy.

The Rainbow Tree Coffee Shop

The Rainbow Tree is a coffee shop and sandwich bar situated on the High Street in Whetstone (LE8 6LQ). It was opened around 16 years ago by Kath and Jim who decided on a change of career after being teachers. 

They provide a range of food, both savoury and sweet, and of course, coffee. Popular menu items include breakfasts, rice boxes and Yorkshire pudding wraps, plus a growing range of homemade cakes. Bread is delivered fresh every morning.

"We love being part of Blaby District. It incorporates dynamic, cutting-edge businesses, a skilled range of tradespeople and, above all, a strongly rooted local community."

More Than Just A Gift

Sophie and Simon have owned More Than Just A Gift at Narborough Hall for the last 25 years. The store sells items relating to gift, home and lifestyle, and is beautifully presented. You can visit the shop or purchase items online.

"This season we've introduced well over two-thousand brand new lines. It is without a doubt our best collection yet.

In over 25 years we've never lost our passion for the business. It's definitely true that we do what we love and we love what we do!"

Blaby Print

Matt took over the ownership of Blaby Print in 2019 with 25 years in the printing business under his belt.

From leaflets to business cards, or bigger projects for your workplace let Blaby Print now if you have any printing needs. Email info@blabyprint.co.uk or visit the shop to find out more.

"Blaby Print originated in Blaby District 25 years ago due to the vibrant village community. The printing sector has undergone significant change throughout this period, but the village is still key to Blaby Print's success and will continue to be in the future."

Stoney Ground Coffee

Having lived in Stoney Stanton for many years with his family, owner of vintage 1970s coffee van Scott had always dreamed of opening his own speciality coffee shop. In 2021 that became a reality.

The business serves coffee, hot chocolates, tea, chai lattes, cold drinks, cakes, snacks and more. It is open Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 8am - 2pm and located at the Stoney Stanton Memorial Playing Fields.

"Local businesses don't only build a stronger economy, they also build a stronger community. Blaby District's Support Local campaign gives a platform to small businesses like mine, and I'm proud to be a part of this initiative."

SJ Langton Butcher's

Scott has been a butcher for over 30 years, owning the shop in Glenfield.

"Butchery is a real trade and we pride ourselves on delivering great value for money. We can provide help and advice to our customers, which you can't get from a large supermarket. We want to know our customers inside out, so we can give them what they need."

SJ Langton's is open every Tuesday - Saturday from 8am until 4pm, LE3 8DQ.

Basic Passion Food

Basic Passion Food is an indulgent brownie and blondie business run by Chrissie that bakes fresh for online orders, based in Enderby. They have a huge selection of flavours but always encourage you to ask for exactly what you fancy as they love innovation and a challenge.

Recent flavours include Jammy Dodger Blondies or stuffed Oreo Brownies.

"Local businesses are so important for our community. They are owned by people who have a passion behind what they do, they care and they want to be there. Supporting these people to help them live their dream is an amazing thing to do! Let's make our local area a place people come to because of that one local business." Chrissie.

Find Basic Passion Food @Basic Passion Food on Facebook, and @basic_passion_food on Instagram.

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Last updated 12 April 2022
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