COMPETITION TIME – Plus tips for buying your essentials locally and independently!

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February… the month of love. But Valentine’s Day is extra special this year because it’s the day you could win a goodie bag full of essential items from Oxfordshire’s indies to highlight our #LoveIndieOxford campaign – a 14 day challenge to shop only local and indie for a fortnight.

We’re not asking for a blanket ban on supermarkets forever, and we know that a certain large online shopping website can be rather useful at times, but we’re asking you to take two weeks to leave these behind in the hope that after the challenge you may have developed one or two more local shopping habits…

Bonners Fruit and Veg Oxford Covered Market
Colombia Coffee Roasters Oxford

Here’s how to take part >>

* Explore local alternatives for regular purchases (e.g. veg boxes, farmers markets, bakeries, coffee roasters & butchers)
* No purchases from large internet providers
* Discover the local businesses that make up your community
* Use #LoveIndieOxford on socials to tell us how you’re getting on with the challenge


To kick start the #loveindieoxford challenge and to give you some inspiration, a number of Oxfordshire’s indies have clubbed together to donate a range of essential items to prove to you how easy it can be to shop local.


🥔 Locally sourced seasonal fruit and vegetables from Bonners in the Covered Market Oxford
🧼 Shampoo bar from The Oxford Soap Company in the Covered Market Oxford
👕 Washing vouchers from Oxwash
🍞 Bread and essential(!) cake from Cultivate Oxford
☕ 1kg of coffee beans! From Colombia Coffee Roasters


Before we get into the nitty gritty of how to enter, here’s some extra inspiration on where and how to shop for essentials locally and independently. There’s a whole host of places in Oxford City Centre and all around the county selling fresh fruit and veg, bread, dry goods, coffee, tea and more…


Coffee & Tea


So, want to get your hands on the essential goodies? Just head to the post below on Instagram and follow the instructions which include liking the post, following @IndependentOxford and tagging your friends. We will draw the winner on Monday 15th February. The competition will close on Sunday 14th Feb at midnight and you can find all T&Cs on the Insta post.

Good Luck! 

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