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We believe your experiences of the brilliant businesses featured in Local Buyers Club will be all the richer if you get to know them a little. That's why we're bringing you their stories and their news.  Our businesses are brimming with passion and personality - just the qualities that make living local so appealing.

March 18, 2019

Islington’s independent heart beats loudly.

This is an area guide with a difference – giving you the inside track on the best way to experience this vibrant borough like a local. There’s so much on offer here that your time could be happily occupied without visiting a single big-chain business.

Rising rents and business rates mean conditions are tough for many traders – they need your support more t...

February 12, 2019

Left Valentine’s till the last minute? We bring you some top romantic ideas worth staying local for.


Top of the list is Earlybird Cards on Stoke Newington Church Street. Fabulous, off the wall cards, feature slogans like: ‘I love you, you big knobhead’ and ‘I love that when I’m with you I don’t have to pretend to be a nice person’ as well as some more conventionally romant...

February 11, 2019

A London café owner has built a unique alliance with a trader from Cameroon whose workers risk their lives to export coffee from their war-ravaged country.

Richard Clark of The Twisted Fork is one of just a handful of cafes to team up with Matti Foncha – a Cameroon coffee trader on a mission to get a fair price for his farmers and to share his community’s plight with the wider world.

The Twisted For...

February 5, 2019

Landlords demanding astronomical rent increases from small businesses are eroding East London’s communities and way of life.

That’s the claim by The East End Trades Guild, which represents more than 250 independent businesses in the area. They say one trader was driven to suicide, others have left town after decades in business here and many more have huge worries for the future.

One Bethnal Green b...

January 29, 2019

Jeweller Naomi Tracz is fascinated by the ancient world and enchanted by small shapes in nature.

The mother of two has turned her hobby into a business, creating stunning jewellery out of a small workshop in Stoke Newington and selling via an Etsy shop, her own website, at markets and in the shop at the British Museum.

She’s the latest business to join the Local Buyers Club, with a 15% discount to m...

January 24, 2019


For every £1 spent with a small or medium-sized business, an estimated 63p stays in the local economy, compared to 40p with a larger business.


Popping out to your local butcher, florist, restaurant or pub builds familiarity. It’s the way friendships are made – the old-fashioned way, through eye-contact, a friendly ‘hello’ and a little small ta...

December 7, 2018

Flummoxed for Christmas shopping inspiration?

We’ve spent all of 2018 getting to know local retailers (and independently-run websites) and have come up with a short snappy list that’ll make it look like you’ve done the legwork.

Whether you’re shopping for a friend, filling a stocking for a loved one or planning the Secret Santa to beat all Secret Santa’s, we’ve got it covered.  And we’ve negotiated...

December 3, 2018

Traders in Stoke Newington are pulling out all the stops for a festive late-night shopping event on Thursday December 13th and there’ll be mulled wine and fizz aplenty! 

The event, which is being coordinated by the Local Buyers Club in partnership with local traders, will feature choirs, a Santa’s grotto, a fire engine for the kids, live music and a raffle benefiting charities helping peo...

December 1, 2018

1. You can help build communities. Popping out to your local butcher, florist, restaurant or pub builds familiarity. It’s the way friendships are made – the old-fashioned way, through eye-contact, a friendly ‘hello’ and a little small talk. And independent businesses often organise local events which create community ties.

2. For every £1 spent with a small or medium-sized business, an estimated 63...

November 21, 2018

Forget Black Friday – this week is Indie Week and small retailers say it’s much better for your soul!

The Just a Card campaign have just launched Indie Week to counter Black Friday and are calling for shoppers to go with their hearts and support smaller, independent stores.

The Local Buyers Club, a discount card set up to encourage people to support independent business and save a little money in th...

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