Finally, a bit of sunshine and some warmer temperatures!
There’s really no excuse now not to pop into Heanor town centre and have a look at what the market has to offer.
Shopping locally has a number of benefits for everyone.
Here are just a few reasons why you should use Heanor market, the community fair, and also other local independent businesses in town.
Take a minute to think about before shopping online or heading to the nearest retail park.
When you buy something from a local retailer you are not only contributing to that business, but you are also helping to re-circulate money back into the local economy.
For every £10 spent locally an additional £25 is invested in the economy. It has also been proven that when a local economy is doing well the local businesses contribute larger sums to local charities and organisations more than non-locally run organisations within the town.
Apart from helping to boost the economy with every loaf of bread or pint of milk you buy locally you are helping to protect the environment.
Local businesses tend to source as many of their products or services from within the immediate area.
This in turn reduces the amount of vehicles on the road delivering goods which could have been sourced within a 20 mile radius.
Some argue that shopping locally is more expensive. In some instances this may be true but it is not always the case.
If you factor in the price of fuel and parking costs - not to mention the time it takes you to travel out of town - is it really any more expensive?
And then there are the health benefits: walking into town is physical activity, which is good for your health and allows you to sidestep the stresses of endless traffic jams!
By Ella McManus, Heanor