Top Reasons to Shop Local
Helps Stimulate Local Economy
When you purchase at locally owned businesses rather than nationally owned, more money is kept in the community because locally-owned businesses often purchase from other local businesses, service providers and farms.
We try and source as locally as possible too, meaning that even more of your money stays local.
Shops in our town centres and villages create local employment and self employment. These people in turn spend in the local economy. Conversely large corporations take the majority of profits out of the local economy for the benefit of their shareholders, sucking the money out of your town!
Stops development of clone towns
Many town centres in Britain look the same with franchises and multinationals – we are loosing our identity! Independent shops create distinctive shopping experiences and stock different products. Independent shops keep traditional local products alive. They respond more quickly to the needs of local customers, stocking products according to the population’s needs. They can also be more innovative organic products were first developed by independent traders.
Helps Save Local Businesses
People don’t like losing shops and services in small towns and villages but don’t always equate this to how they spend their money. Shops will only survive if customers spend locally – so if you want a vibrant village centre, where people can socialise as well as shop, shop locally.
Helps Reduce Environmental Impact
Local shops, especially those which stock a high percentage of local sourced goods help to reduce your environmental impact by decreasing the energy required to supply goods. Furthermore they do not require long car & bus journeys to get to, further reducing emissions.
You Get Better Customer Service
Local businesses often hire people with more specific product expertise for better customer service. Because the business is quite small workers often have a thorough knowledge of all the different aspects of the business, feel more connection to it and so are more passionate and helpful.
Furthermore, as part of your community, workers are more likely to be more friendly towards you and take an interest in you and your needs.
Increases Investment In The Community.
Local businesses are owned by people who live in this community. They are less likely to leave, and are more interested in and more likely to invest in the community’s welfare and future.
Increases support for Local Causes
Local business take more interest in and are more likely to support local events and causes such as carnivals, school appeals, charities etc that are specific to your area than non-local businesses
Helps Vulnerable People
Having a good range of local shops means most people can get to their shops easily and this is especially important for elderly, vulnerable and young people and those without transport. Keeping your shops open by buying locally helps the whole community.