Transition Town publishes guide to local businesses

Crystal Palace Transition Town is backing its local economy and celebrating Crystal Palace community life by launching The Local & Fair Guide to Shopping and Eating in Crystal Palace this Saturday.

GuideThe guide celebrates the myriad of shops, artisan work shops, pubs, bars, markets and eateries in the area, and also considers a more ethical and sustainable approach to shopping.

Crystal Palace Transition Town has produced 5,000 copies of the pocket-sized guides. The launch coincides with National Small Business Saturday on December 7.

“We are very lucky to have such a mix of shops and our local businesses deserve our support,” said Annabel Sidney, a steering group member of Crystal Palace Transition Town and the chair of the Picture Palace Campaign.

“They have chosen to put down roots in Crystal Palace because they see and experience qualities that reflect their own personal and social values. They are passionate about what they do, have great product knowledge, provide a personal service and often stock locally made and unique products.”

Sidney said the benefits for social cohesion of strong local businesses are well known but the economic case is compelling too: “When you spend in a locally owned independent business 70 to 80 per cent of your money stays in the area because the business owner and staff are much more likely to source services and supplies on a local basis and to shop locally themselves.

“Every £1 spent with a local supplier is worth £1.76 to the local economy but only 36p if it is spent out of the area. That makes £1 spent locally worth nearly five times more to the community. It’s called the Local Multiplier Effect.”

Crystal Palace residents are fiercely proud of the businesses located in and around what locals call the Triangle and its independent ethos among its small- and medium-sized businesses.

“I would like to pay tribute to Crystal Palace Transition Town for their incredible efforts in putting together this fantastic guide,” said Robert Gibson, who is a board member of the local Chamber of Commerce and co-chair of the Upper Norwood Library Trust.

“Lynette Aitken, Kalina Palka, Annabel Sidney and the others behind this publication have done a great service for our local businesses and for our community. The local community is very much behind the sentiment that Annabel Sidney recently expressed when she said, when we shop locally, we show pride in our area and help sustain and protect the vitality and variety that makes Crystal Palace such a distinctive place – a place that we all love.”

  • Crystal Palace Transition Town will be manning a stall outside Sainsbury’s from 10.30am to 3pm on Saturday and is appealing for volunteers to man the stand and distribute the guide. If you can spare an hour to help then please contact

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