Made in Cymru helps Welsh consumers shop local and support local artisans

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The premier destination for quality Welsh produce, Made in Cymru celebrates a year since its launch. Over this time the site has grown to include a huge range of jewellery, home decor, clothing, art, health, beauty and more, all made by local Welsh artisans.

To celebrate its first anniversary, the site has partnered with a local charity, St. David’s Hospice to raise funds to support people living with life-limiting illnesses.

Made in Cymru is part of a new generation of online shopping platforms that champion and promote locally made products.

The decline of the main street and the growth of online sales have produced a new ecosystem where a community’s shopping spend no longer supports local businesses.

Made in Cymru challenges the status quo and defines a refreshing new vision for online shopping.

The platform curates locally made items so consumers can shop with confidence knowing their money stays in Wales.

Local online shopping is a relatively new phenomenon and a reaction to the global dominance of multinational shopping platforms.

Since the pandemic, our collective shopping habits are changing and more of us than ever are going online.

But consumers still want access to locally produced goods, and a new wave of online retailers are finding ways to connect online shoppers with local producers.

As a percentage of total sales, Internet retailing has grown from 10% in 2012 to over 30% in 2022.

A survey by Retail Economics and NatWest found that 46% of consumers in the UK have gone online for purchases they used to make in person before the pandemic.

Other research suggests that despite the headlines, multinational shopping platforms are not the only online shopping destination. 70% of consumers actively support local businesses by buying online only, or by combining online and in-store purchases.

With Made in Cymru, consumers looking to support local Welsh manufacturers no longer have to visit hundreds of separate sites.

The founders of Made in Cymru have carefully selected a diverse selection of manufacturers to suit most shopping whims.

Comprising over 2200 items from 500 different manufacturers based in Wales, they have brought the shopping experience of department stores to the internet.

To mark the first anniversary of www.madeincymru.comthe site redoubles its commitment to the Welsh community by making a donation to St David’s Hospice.

The total donation will be calculated as 5% of all website sales for the month of February.

The Welsh charity has annual running costs of over £5million and receives less than 9% of its funding from the Welsh government or local health board.

Providing essential palliative care to people with life-threatening or terminal illness, St. David’s Hospice also supports carers, family members and close friends, through illness and bereavement.

Winner of the Welsh Enterprise eCommerce Platform of the Year 2021, Made in Cyrmu’s commitment to the Welsh community and economy reflects the country’s fierce pride in its artisans and culture. Finding a memorable gift, shopping local and supporting local artisans is easy to www.madeincymru.com

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