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Donna opened Abidaisy Flowers 13 years ago and was originally based in Duntocher until she relocated into Clydebank Shopping Centre two years ago.

She said “Shopping local is so important. When you go to a local business they provide you with a service that you just don’t get from online stores.

“At Abidaisy, I know my customers are putting their trust in me to provide exactly what they asked for, so I put a lot of time into making sure that’s what they get.

“I have a lot of local customers, who come back to me again and again but I also get a lot of custom from people who are passing in the centre that come in looking for a specific thing or advice.

“What sets local businesses apart is the personal touch. I know many of my customers names, I know what they like and can make suggestions in person, in real time. Because I’m a local shop, my customers can come in and see for themselves what products I have on offer, and explain what type of flowers they really want, rather than trying to choose from a stock image on a website.

“I had to adapt during lockdown. The centre was pretty much closed, so I started doing flowers from home and was still delivering. My customers were so grateful that I was still there for them when they needed me, especially for difficult moments like funerals. Although they couldn’t come and see my physically, I was able to use social media to help them see what bouquets I had been working on and give examples of what might be possible. I also sent images to customers to make sure they were happy before flowers were sent out.

“I put my heart and soul into providing a brilliant, bespoke service and there are many businesses in our town centre doing the exact same for their customers.  I really hope everyone thinks local first.”

As local businesses navigate their way out of lockdown, shoppers are being urged to think local first and remember that behind every small business is a family.

Stay safe, shop local.

Visit their website www.abidaisyflowers.co.uk

Businesses can get involved by:

– Registering interest to be kept informed of Loves Local news and developments: https://clydebank.org.uk/newsletter/

– Downloading the brand assets toolkit for their own use online and via social media https://clydebank.org.uk/toolkit/

– Finding out more about Business Support Grants and Webinars https://clydebank.org.uk/businesssupport/

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