7 Reasons to support local businesses

24 August 2017

With over 10% of Britain's shops now standing empty and a further 15 closing each day it's clear that our high streets are in decline.

This staggering loss of local businesses is linked to the popularity of internet shopping and the success of chain stores and national retailers.

Here at Thomson Local we are proud supporters of local business and feel that much more could be done to preserve the identity of our nations high streets.

If you want to get involved then check out the infographic below for 7 reasons why your local businesses are worth supporting.

7 reasons to support local business

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7 Reasons to support local businesses

How often have you heard someone praising the quality of their local bakery or butchers products over supermarket alternatives?

We are a nation of local business lovers, but unfortunately we are also a nation of convenience and rock bottom prices – the latter of which fuels the growth of national chains and the decline of local trade.

20 years from now each town could be devoid of local businesses and dominated by a single hypermarket that sells everything and charges whatever it likes.

If that wasn’t reason enough, here are 7 other reasons why you should support your local businesses:

1. You get the personal touch from a local business

Over time you can get to know your local business, build trust and potentially become friends.  This local relationship often has additional benefits such as being able to source hard to find or bespoke items for you.

2. You support your local economy

Anything you spend in your local businesses is likely to be reinvested locally. You are also supporting the local suppliers that provide your local businesses with their goods. This multiplier effect helps support and grow your local economy.

3. You preserve the identity of your local area

Home grown businesses have their own unique charm and character that often becomes synonymous with their geographic location. How would you feel if every Cornish pasty shop was suddenly put out of business in Cornwall by budget price supermarkets.

4. Going local could be good for your health

Local businesses often source their supplies locally, which means fresh food doesn’t need to be smothered in potentially harmful chemicals and preservatives to survive longer journeys. Also, local foods such as honey are also well known for their potential to ease allergic conditions such as hay fever.

5. Fair work for fair wages

Local business will often pay a higher wage or offer additional benefits, rewards and opportunities over their national and chain counterparts. A supply of local jobs for local residents is also better for the community versus having to travel further afield to work in a national business.

6. Local businesses drive down costs

A bit of healthy competition between local businesses helps to keep prices low. A national company with a monopoly hold over the area can dictate whatever prices they want :(

7. Local businesses are better for the environment

National businesses need supply centres and large distribution networks to maintain their national empires – all of which contribute to an increased carbon footprint. A local business doesn’t require an extensive support structure to survive and relies on its local community instead :)

Want to show your support?

Share this article with your local businesses, or tag them in the comments below to show your support. Continue to show them the loyalty they have earned from you and help keep your local businesses local!

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Rob has a decade of experience in SEO, Copywriting and Digital Marketing. He enjoys creative writing having previously written a humorous short book about life in retail as well as several film scripts. Like any self-respecting blogger he has a love of cats and enjoys a nice cup of tea. You can find out more about Rob via his LinkedIn and Writing Portfolio.

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