Ten reasons to support local businesses

There’s probably no reason to drive a loaf of bread a hundred miles or import things that grow nearby. As well as the environmental bonuses when buying local products, there are also social and community benefits. Here are ten from the Federation of Small Businesses:

  1. Studies show that when you buy from independently owned businesses more of your money is used to make purchases from other local businesses.
  2. Supports community groups: non-profits receive more support from small businesses owners than they do from large businesses.
  3. Keeps our communities unique.
  4. Reduces environmental impact.
  5. Creates more jobs: small local businesses provide the most jobs to residents.
  6. Get better service: local businesses often hire people with a better understanding of the products they are selling and take time to get to know their customers.
  7. Invest in community: local businesses are owned by people who live in the community, they are less likely to leave and are more invested in the community’s future.
  8. Puts your taxes to good use: local businesses in town centres require comparatively little infrastructure investment and make more efficient use of public services.
  9. Allows you to buy what you want, not what someone wants you to buy: small businesses select products based not on national sales but on their own interests and the needs of their local customers.
  10. Encourages local prosperity.

This issue came up in Southwell recently when a large coffee chain wanted to open a branch on the high street. With four independent coffee shops already, a local campaign resulted in the chain being denied permission.

Full article from the FSB.

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