If every adult in the UK spent £5 per week in their local shops and businesses, instead of online, at a large supermarket or with the huge multinationals it would be worth £16.8 BILLION that would then be going directly back into our local towns and villages.
This would lead to real jobs, better facilities and ultimately greener so nicer places to live. Makes you think doesn’t it? Shop local, Live Local so Invest local. See these guys making the exact point very well. www.totallylocally.org
Choosing to shop locally as opposed to choosing larger corporates has many benefits, some of which you may not have considered fully so may come as some surprise, so we have compiled 6 reasons why you should ditch the large corporates and find a local owner-run alternative.
1) Boost the Local Economy
Small shops and local businesses are the bedrock of our communities but to ensure the local economy is strong and sustainable, people need to utilise their local options. Research shows that £10 spent locally means up to an additional £50 goes back into the local economy. This is largely because the local shop owners will then put the money back into the local community by using the local pubs and restaurants etc.
2) Local Jobs for local people
Shopping from local businesses actually has a positive effect on local jobs in your area. Local employers are much more likely to pay higher than the average wage. By helping to grow the number of jobs locally it helps make the area a better place to live and work which then creates a healthy economy for the community.
3) Personalised bespoke shopping experience
One of the amazing things about local businesses is the excellent customer service levels with an added personal touch. Relationships are built between the local business owner and the local customer and in regard to stocking products, local owners tend to stock based on customer’s choices and requirements rather than popular fashion trends.
4) Local Businesses Support Local Charities
Many local businesses support local charities so by shopping locally you are helping to increase local donations. Larger companies also support charities but by shopping locally you can ensure your donations.
5) Local Government Incentives
Tax incentives are often provided by local governing bodies to help entice nationally owned companies to their communities. When you buy from local businesses it reduces individual tax burdens and increases tax revenues up to 75% for the entire community.
6) Improve your health
Buy choosing to shop locally you can help have a positive impact on the environment. This is largely because most local businesses are found within walking distance as opposed to a driving perhaps to the nearest shopping centre. This obviously reduces the effect of fuel pollution in the area along with traffic and helps to significantly improve the green quality of the whole area.
When thinking about local businesses people have a tendency to think about the obvious high street trades people such as Green Grocers, Florists, News Agents, and Restaurants etc. It’s important to consider that there are many local companies who could really help your company move forward by delivering a more personalised and innovative approach to your needs and requirements.
Let’s take a look at local telecoms company 08UK, based in Heaton Moor, Stockport. We are 08UK Ltd a potential local business telecoms supplier to thousands of North West (proud to be Manchester) based companies.
08UK have been established for 15+ years and specialise in supplying new and existing businesses with inbound business telecom solutions. Any local ‘Heaton Moor’ or Stockport/Manchester business could benefit from using us as their local business telecom company.
Sales Director – Tynan O’Hara has a passion for supporting local trades people but says ‘it’s sometimes hard to break people’s conventions when it comes to the procurement of telecoms services for their businesses’.
‘People have a tendency to just pick up the phone and speak to larger giants like BT or Vodafone when they require anything telecom related without really looking at all the options in front of them’, some of which could save their businesses significant amounts of money every year.
The service levels received directly from the carriers is often where we aim to improve, then commercials and those service levels can and then deliver to the real expectations of our clients and often this in turn means better support for their customers.
Please share this to help people realise there are local options available to them, including local business telecoms companies, run by real people, who will deliver bespoke solutions appropriate for their business practices.
If you would like to talk to one of our team to get any point clarifying please do not hesitate to contact us. Call us now on 0800 692 7000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org so we can call you back.