Reasons to shop locally
There are lots of good reasons to shop locally…
Boosts the local economy
Research on spending by local authorities shows that when we shop locally, for every £1 spent with a small or medium-sized business, around 63p remained in the local economy, compared to 40p with larger firms. Research also shows that £10 spent with a local independent shop can mean up to an additional £50 going back into the local economy. Why? Because local shop owners then put that money back into the local community by using shops, cafes, restaurants, services and so on, thus circulating money, helping to grow local businesses.
And career opportunities.
It’s an ethical choice
It helps to cut air miles and improve carbon footprints. It reduces packaging, travelling times, field-to-fork journeys. Produce is fresher and ofter higher quality than mass-produced alternatives. Service is personal and reliable.
A good local business in time builds up a loyal following of regular, repeat customers who are advocates for the products and services on offer.
It delivers choice
Which in turn, generates competition and controls pricing, which are all good for the consumer.
Helps to encourage a wealth of creativity and unique products
Cafes, craft shops, local trades, word of mouth recommendations, all bringing people together.
Creates community character
And personality to an over-commercialised world by developing a local identity.
You can personally support them
And recommend local businesses that you like through social media and word of mouth.
They can offer a personal touch
The local world is a small one, and people know people who know people. Never underestimate the power of word of mouth referrals and quality personable customer service.