When living in the city, we’re all too tempted to take the easy option. Whether it’s an ‘express’, ‘local’ or even ‘little’, there seems to be a supermarket on every corner these days, and as local High Streets around the capital are being slowly stripped of their character, it’s becoming increasingly tricky to keep your hard-earned cash within the community. Keeping it local is what Wriggle is all about, and we’re not the only ones using tech to take back the High Street; here are four other great start-ups that are fighting to support small businesses.
Farmhopping – The idea couldn’t be simpler: escape the mundanity of the supermarket and support your local farmer by ordering your weekly groceries through Farmhopping. They’ll then gather up your fresh, responsibly sourced goodies from your nearest sustainable producers and delivery it straight to you, whether you’re at home or in the office.
Make Works – Scotland-based start-up, Make Works, have created a platform for designers and makers to track down local factories and industry services and help creative pros produced top quality work within the community. This project not only helps support local industries, but allows designers to oversee the entire creative process and encourages face-to-face collaborations.
Streethub – As London’s high street’s become more and more generic, it’s getting harder and harder to track down those little things that really stand out from the crowd. Luckily for those who like a little character in their shopping basket, Streethub is here to help you discover some of the capitals best-kept fashion secrets. Browse through their hand-picked collection of independent boutiques and get your unique goods delivered the same day.
Hubbub – Thanks to Hubbub, supporting your local independent stores has never been easier: just type in your postcode on their website and browse through the virtual shelves of all the participating shop is your area. There are over 10,000 products from more than 60 independent stores around London, so for those who work late and frequently end up rummaging through ransacked supermarket shelves or tucking into a take-away, this could be a game changer.
Keep checking back for more start-up news & tips to keep things local.