Small Businesses play a major role in the local economy. Therefore, if you as a member of your community don’t support the small businesses, how will they grow? Where you shop, where you eat and have fun — all make your community home.
So, when you buy from an independent, locally-owned business, you encourage local prosperity. There are a lot of other reasons why it is worth buying local. But today, we’ll look at five of the best…
You help build your community
Craft shops, cafes and bookshops usually host local events, from knitting clubs to book groups and children’s events. And, when you don’t support the businesses, the local groups also disappear. Furthermore, the people who own the local businesses also live in this community. Thus, they are less likely to leave, and are more invested in the community’s future.
It is the ethical choice
Eating turkey flown halfway round the world or wrapped in layers of plastic can lower your eco-credentials. However, when you shop at your local bakers, butchers, farm shops and green grocers, it is likely that the produce has had a shorter field-to-fork journey. In addition, the food is likely to contain more nutrients and have less packaging.
You buy what you want, not what someone wants you to buy
If you want to see innovation and low prices in the log term, then you need to support local businesses. A marketplace with tens of thousands of small businesses will ensure that happens. They select products based on their own interests and the needs of their local customers. They don’t have a national sales plan therefore, guarantee a much broader range of product choices.
You get better service
Local businesses take more time to get to know customers. Your local baker can throw in extra rolls for regulars and your grocer can give you an informal 10% discounts. The business owner can use their discretion to reward regular customers, and it can mean you get discounts on the items you actually want to buy. And, when you get to know your independent trader, you can have them stock a certain product for you.
They sell one-off items
Local shops support food producers and growers, local artists and designers, so you’re buying products absolutely unique to your area. They also often stock local items which aren’t available elsewhere. For example, buying a dress by a local designer and there is little chance of turning up to the office party wearing the same dress as someone else.
Another example is giving your niece or nephew a handmade toy – it won’t be identical to everything they already have. Furthermore, local bookshops usually stock titles by local authors that aren’t yet on the shelves of the major chains.