Rediscover high streets safely – search and shop local

We are encouraging everyone to support their local high street and boost the local economy by choosing to ‘Search and Shop Local’. 

The current national lockdown restrictions mean physical shops can only remain open for essential items. However, we are reminding everyone to rediscover the magic of the local high street when shopping online, or rediscover safely those premises that are open and those who will reopen their doors when it is safe to do so.

Across our conurbation we have a wealth of amazing independent shops who have adapted quickly to provide online sales, click and collect services, local deliveries and more. There are some real hidden gems all brimming with personality, passion and pride with some offering locally sourced items which aren’t available through major online retailers so you can choose things that are really unique to the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) area. 

These shops will only survive if we continue to spend locally, and it is absolutely vital that we all show our support now.  

We are encouraging you to make an active choice to shop and spend locally to keep the BCP area’s unique local businesses thriving.  

Staying safe

We all have our part to play in making shopping and going out a safe experience: 

  • wear a mask
  • keep your distance 
  • wash your hands.

How else can I show my support

Showing support is about so much more than just spending. 

Here are other simple ways to help our brilliant businesses: 

  • post a positive review online or on social media 
  • make a recommendation to your friends and family 
  • give them a follow and share on social media 
  • sign up for their newsletters or updates 
  • give them a shout out.

About the Rediscover campaign

To support our town centres and high streets, we have launched the Rediscover campaign, funded by a Reopening High Streets Safely grant from the European Regional Development Fund, allocated to us by the government. 

We have also been helping businesses access financial support and safety guidance throughout the pandemic.  


Whether you’re a town centre shop in Bournemouth or an independent café in Moordown, you can download posters and social media assets to use for your business, specific to your area:

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