7 Reasons to support local businesses
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.
Download the 7 reasons to support local business infographic as a PDF or view the text only version below.
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!
- Local Business
You may also like...
Fancy a FREE Website?
We're giving away two FREE websites and a 10% discount on selected Thomson Local products at the 2018 Business Show at the ExCel in London. Visit us at stand 1020 on the 16th and 17th of May for more details.
Why PPC = Pay Per Click not Pay Per Sale
A common misconception about PPC is that clicks = Guaranteed calls and sales. Unfortunately that’s just not the case at all.
The Local Business Owner Playbook
Are you trying to get your business noticed online? This easy to follow guide will take you through the necessary steps needed to establish your business on the internet.
Need more customer reviews for your business?
How about instead of relying on your customers to leave you a review, we just call them on your behalf and collect a review for you?