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Supporting Local, Shopping Local

 

An Post Insurance is 100% Irish-owned, serving customers from the country to the coast, and every city in-between. Our customers come from all walks of life, including tradespeople, business owners and farmers. We help them get protection when they need it most, but we’re also proud to support them in other ways. 

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It looks like we’ll be living with restrictions for a while longer, so now more than ever it’s important that we buy local to help secure the future of the businesses that are at the heart of our communities. While many have been forced to close their physical doors, they’re not short on creativity, adapting their businesses to the changing circumstances.

Whether it’s takeaway coffee or a treat delivered to your door, we can all offer support to our local businesses, helping them weather the storm and come back stronger in sunnier days. 

The best part about buying online from Ireland-based businesses is that you don't have to worry about unexpected charges, customs' fees or delays - your parcel should be winging its way to you in no time.

Whether you’re looking for a gift for that someone special or just fancy treating yourself, we’ve got some great ideas on how to make the most of your local shopping experience.

Online Businesses

The Irish Times recently published an article outlining 100 Irish websites to aid in our shopping needs during lockdown. The list has since grown to 400 websites, selling everything from clothes to food and drink or toys, there’s sure to be something to suit everyone.

The Independent.ie also have a feature on supporting local online businesses: Part 1  covers businesses county by county in Leinster and Ulster and Part 2 covers businesses in Connacht and Munster.

Restaurants

Some of our restaurants have also moved to a contactless takeaway and delivery service; journalist Marie Claire Digby highlighted a few of these in The Irish Times last year. You could also check out some of your local restaurants on JustEat.ie or TheDeliveryGuys.ie to see where you can get your next takeaway treat from.

Hotels

Hotels are currently only allowed to open to cater for essential non-social and non-tourist purposes, but some are coming up with great ideas to sustain their business and help keep us entertained. Some are offering tasty takeaway brunch boxes, build-your-own cocktail kits and afternoon tea packages so we can enjoy a luxury evening at home in style. The Sheraton Athlone Hotel  and Athlone Springs Hotel  are just two examples, but you’ll find lots more great offers on social media.

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Fashion Lovers

Are you a fashionista, missing your regular visits to your local boutique?  Perhaps they’re now online: a simple Google search should help you find out, but don’t forget to check their social media too, as many outlets are updating their followers via Facebook and Instagram.

Say it with Flowers

Want to make someone’s day and let them know you’re thinking of them during these hard times?  Why not contact your local florist and arrange a nice bouquet of flowers delivered safely to their door? With contactless payments online or over the phone, it couldn’t be safer.

Click to Drive

Some garages are even offering the option to buy your car online and they will deliver it safely to your door. CarStore.ie is just one example.  Part of the Kearys motor group, they are open 7 days a week and available to chat online 24 hours a day. They may even take in your old car as a trade in and may offer car finance options if required.

Fingers crossed our beautiful green isle will return to some normality soon, but in the meantime, let’s make a conscious effort to support local businesses and keep each other going.  We’re not alone - we can do this!

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