Buy (or at least Try!) Local
– use them or lose them
This can apply more to your bricks and mortar high street shops. But the sentiment can be true for all local businesses that get most of their trade locally.
What’s happening locally?
You only have to look around most local towns to notice streets, once occupied with a flourishing, prosperous, bohemian-like mix of independent newsagents, butchers, bakers, pubs, greengrocers, farm-shops, bookshops, delicatessens and family-run stores are now filled with mini supermarkets from large retailers, fast-food chains, mobile phone shops, national retail chains and fashion outlets……. and many empty retail spaces.
Not only does this have an affect of making your place a “clone-town” it means money spent in National businesses leaves the local economy. According to NEF (New Economics Foundation), every £pound spent with a local supplier is worth significantly more to the local economy
Where you spend involves a choice about the kind of future you want to have. That may sound over dramatic, but here at Acommunity we believe we should care about our spending choices when it comes to our neighbourhood and the local economy. Money spent locally supports an interconnected network which results in healthy resilient sustainable communities.
Perhaps you can concentrate too much on market efficiency, profit and £pound value for money, at the detriment of quality community life.
WIIFM (What’s in it for me)
- creates local supply and service chains, which means more local businesses and more jobs.
- could mean numerous health benefits. You get local farmers chemical free fruits and vegetables, fresh eggs and diary and grass-fed meats.
- makes for a more vibrant prosperous community as more money is re-invested locally
- means you can create a community connection with the business owner as well as enjoying meeting and building relationships with your neighbours during shopping encounters
- gives a community its own unique personality as opposed to being a clone town
- usually means a more personal, better customer service direct from the business owner themselves. The owners also tend to have expertise in their trade.
- can create a healthy environment as local businesses have a shorter supply chain, reducing carbon footprint.
- Small businesses give back to the community they serve… especially Acommunity ones. Look out for them in our Business Directory
What can you do?
- Shop locally, search our Directory
- If they are not doing it already, tell your local council they could lay on a free bus service to the shops or allocate more free parking in the town
- Use this website to connect locally
- Use our Voucher Scheme to show local support and help local charity as well
- So let’s USE them or LOSE them!
“Every time you spend money, you’re casting a vote for the kind of world you want.” ― Anna Lappé