Forest of Dean Butcher

10 Reasons to Support Local Businesses

Support your local business

Support LocalI have always felt that it is very important to support local businesses and I do practice what I preach. More on that later but here are a few reasons you should too.

1 Local Economy

Local businesses are the backbone of our economy and shopping at local businesses is much better for the economy of your community than using large chains or faceless superstores. A strong culture of buying locally is the foundation of a sustainable local economy. Research has shown that spending £10 with a local independent shop, means up to an additional £50 goes back in to the local economy. . The shop owners you give your money to when you buy from local businesses are also the same people that go to your local pub or café so will circulate the money throughout the community and help your local area thrive.

2 Better quality of service

Local business owners will provide a much better quality of service because they are passionate and they really do care about their customer’s satisfaction. Local shop owners are much more likely to go above and beyond the call of duty when it comes to their customers.

3 Local businesses invest more into the community

Buying locally also means that you are indirectly supporting your own community because local businesses are known to be much more generous in terms of giving back to their own community. Researchers have found that non-profit organisations receive on average 250% more support from small businesses than they do from large businesses. Local businesses are often heavily involved with community events and supporting local causes.

4 Supporting Local entrepreneurs

By buying from local businesses you are supporting the people who have helped make this country what it is, the great British entrepreneurs. Innovators such as Sir Alan Sugar, who started selling car aerials from the back of a van bought with his savings, relied heavily on the support of the local community to kick start the growth of his business.

5 Good for the environment

Using local business is also much more environmentally friendly than shopping at large corporations. Small independent businesses source locally and use less packaging than large retailers. This reduces their global footprint as they require less transportation costs .

6 Local Decision-Making

Local ownership ensures that important decisions are made locally by people who live in the community and who will feel the impacts of those decisions.

7 Competition

A marketplace of tens of thousands of small businesses is the best way to ensure innovation and low prices over the long-term.

8 Local Character

Communities that preserve their unique businesses and distinctive character have an economic advantage and make shopping more fun.

9 Diversity

Local high streets are home to those amazingly diverse and quirky little shops that will stock unusual  fun products you just can’t find anywhere else. This makes local businesses ideal for finding that unique and personal gift that is perfect for the ones you care about.

10 Loyalty

If you use the multi nationals then loyalty is unknown. Local business is much more likely to support you.

Do I put my money where my mouth is ?

Yes I do.