Why It’s More Important Than Ever To Support Nottingham’s Independents

Nottingham is home to one of the biggest and best independent scenes within the UK. Full of vibrant streets lined with independent shops, cafes and bars, you'll be sure to find what you're looking for here in Nottingham.

In the midst of Covid-19 it is now more important than ever to support independent businesses in your area. With all non-essential businesses closing their door throughout numerous lockdowns, it is likely that these businesses will never recover.

In the lead up to summer Nottingham's high streets are usually bustling with shoppers from all over the country, ready with purse or wallet in hand to spend on everything Nottingham has to offer. With the lockdown restrictions easing this spring, we can look forward to our favourite independent businesses reopening once again.

See our list of innovative ways to support local independent businesses to get more ideas about keeping Nottingham's indie scene alive and well. 

Helping The Local Economy By Shopping Small 

Independent businesses are the backbone of local economies, and there are a number of ways in which you can support these businesses. The best way to support these businesses is to shop and physically support these stores. However, with the health concerns of the virus, supporting these businesses can also be taken online. By leaving reviews, sharing posts on social media and spreading the word of these amazing independent businesses.


Supporting Nottingham's Vibrant Independent Scene After The Easing of Lockdown


Dine At One of Nottingham Many Independent Restaurants & Bars

The most difficult decision you will have to face in Nottingham is deciding which of the many independent restaurants and establishments you want to visit. 


Where we are loving at the moment:

  • Annies Burger Shack, some of the best burgers we've ever had! Everything on the menu is available in Meat, Vegetarian and Vegan, so there's something for everyone!
  • Oscar and Rosies, independent creators of exceptional pizzas! 
  • Doughnotts,  some of the most creative and out there doughnuts we have ever seen. And they offer vegan friendly treats too!
  • Hockley Arts Club, a vibrant, eccentric space full of creative lighting and decor. Perfect for a quirky night out.


Browse and fall in love with Nottingham's Fashion and Lifestyle Stores

Nottingham is not short on personality, with an array of colour streets and alleyways full of chic boutiques, vibrant vintage stores and unique lifestyle brands. It's hard not to fall in love with every independent store here in Nottingham. Whether you are looking for the latest homeware trends, a gift for a loved one, or the new fashion trends. Nottingham's independent businesses have something to suit your every need.


Nottingham's Vibrant Culture and Arts Scene

The entertainment and events industry has taken one of the biggest hits due to covid-19, with almost all events being cancelled throughout 2020 and even into early 2021. Social distancing and restrictions may still be in place when the industry starts to reopen however this should not deter you from visiting Nottingham's vibrant culture and arts scene. 

Nottingham has so many wonderful venues holding a range of different events and experiences perfect for getting you out and interacting with Nottingham after a year spent indoors. Support the local scene with a night on the town, choose from either a concert or show at The Bodega or Nottingham Playhouse or if that's not for you maybe browse the latest art at Nottingham Contemporary. 


Now is the time to support Nottingham’s Independents  

Supporting local businesses not only helps the area you live in, it also supports everyday people. So where you can opt to support independent businesses in Nottingham and let's work together to help this wonderful city thrive again. If you are looking for more inspiration for a day out in Nottingham, then view our wide range of independent shops, restaurants and entertainment businesses here.

Why not follow our Indie trail, for a fun way to get to know some of Nottingham's most unique businesses?

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