Buy Local – bringing together businesses and the customers who need them

North Yorkshire Buy Local is our free online marketplace created to bring together businesses that can work under Covid-19 restrictions with the customers who need their services.

Whether you’re looking for someone to deliver groceries or fix the plumbing, look for help on Buy Local.

Businesses and tradespeople that continue to provide goods and services during the pandemic are being encouraged to register now – and join the hundreds of businesses that have already done so.

Luke Boston, who owns BSA Electrical, had new business within a day of registering.

Customer Rachel Fell said: “Our electric shower was broken, and when you’re socially isolating as a family, that is not a good situation! I saw the Buy Local site advertised on the Covid Co-operation Facebook group, so I searched for electricians in my area.”

Luke said: “Buy Local is a great way for local businesses to offer their services during the ongoing circumstances. The site is easy to use and very user-friendly. We advertised our electrical services on Tuesday night and had an enquiry on Wednesday morning. Within 24 hours of the enquiry coming in, we were able to attend site, replace a faulty electric shower for new, and provide a functional washing facility for the family to use – as they’d been without for a few days!”

Rachel added: “I was so lucky that Luke was able to come out the next day, and he reassured me that he is working within Covid-19 guidelines. Using Buy Local meant I could find Luke quickly and easily, and I would definitely use the site again. We’re very grateful to Luke for helping us out at this difficult time.”

Sam Spence registered her business on Buy Local and had a similar experience.

“I registered in the morning after seeing it on social media and got a new order before 2pm that afternoon off the back of it,” said Sam, who owns Crafts of Thirsk.

Sam closed her shop when Covid-19 restrictions were introduced but began to get requests from customers.

“I arrange a delivery time, leave the package and ring the doorbell,” she said. “A lot of customers are on their own, and a lot have taken up crafting during the outbreak and are asking for advice. People are so pleased with what they get they are now re-ordering. It’s well worth getting on there and getting yourself signed up.”

Businesses can register and members of the public can search the site.