Independent Retailer Month: Benefits of shopping locally by @AnnectoUK for #indieretail #indiemonth

Last Friday may have been the end of Independent Retailer Month but as sponsors of the Support for Independent Retail Campaign, we at Annecto want to encourage more people to shop locally throughout the year

As we came to the end of Independent Retailer Month, we want to remind more people that shopping locally all year round can help support their local community.

The benefits to the community of shopping locally

Shopping locally holds many benefits to the local community and research by the CLES (Centre for Local Economic Strategies) conducted on behalf of the FSB (Federation of Small Businesses) found that for every £1 spent locally, 50-70p of that money recirculates back into the local economy. For every £1 spent out of the local community or online, just 5p trickles back into the local economy. Other research by Sage UK found that small companies generate 75% of their income locally.

Support your local town or village!

Us Brits are a nation proud of the communities that we live in and there is no better way to support our local towns and villages by spending our money in local businesses. From local greengrocers, butchers, hairdressers and many more, our highstreets offer the goods and services we require on our doorstep, slashing our fuel costs and journey times. Local shops often stock locally sourced produce which also cuts down carbon emissions so by shopping locally you are helping to protect the environment. Shop local, save the world – do we really need to convince you more?

Independent retailers contribute so much to the national economy!

Independent retailers and small businesses provide almost two thirds of private sector employment and nearly half of all private sector turnover, they’re not hailed the ‘lifeblood of the economy’ for no reason.

What’s more, local shops add character to high streets and are often one of a kind stocking goods and services that you won’t get anywhere else. We’re all looking for ways to display our personality and differentiate ourselves from others, we can do that by buying unique goodies from local shops.

Make a difference – show your support for your community and shop local all year round!

So not only are you saving the world, supporting your local economy and standing out from the crowd by shopping locally, you are also supporting the business owners that have overcome the hurdles of opening a small business and you are helping to champion independent retailers across the country.annecto

This blog was written by Annecto UK who are long-standing sponsors and supporters of the Support for Independent Retail campaign. To find our more you can visit the Annecto website via www.annectouk.co.uk or tweet them via www.twitter.com/annectouk

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About Clare Bailey

Clare Bailey, The Retail Champion (formerly Clare Rayner), is one of the most well-known and respected retail experts in the UK. With unrivalled knowledge in retail, high streets and consumer matters, she offers unbiased, independent content – whether engaged as a professional speaker, for broadcast media, or for a written feature. Clare is a business woman, entrepreneur and founder of several small businesses. Having been born into a family of successful business owners, it was inevitable that she’d eventually jump off the corporate treadmill and step out on her own! Today her brand portfolio includes The Retail Champion, The Retail Conference, the Future High Street Summit and the Support for Independent Retail campaign. In addition, she is co-founder of Mobaro Retail UK and a non-exec director of Beed Virtual Assistant Services. Having started her career as a fast-track store management trainee for McDonalds, she went on to work with leading retailers such as M&S, Dixons and Argos. She moved swiftly into management roles before being headhunted into senior consulting roles with global software giant SAP, and international management consulting brand, Accenture. Her corporate background in senior retail, consulting and technology roles, coupled with her experience of creating and running her own business, has enabled her to be equally capable whether consulting to global brands or micro businesses. This unique blend has not only positioned her as a leading expert in all things retail, but has enabled her to add meaningful commentary and insight to the debate around the future of the high street, and, how technology is driving fundamental change in the way consumers, and businesses, interact. Clare has become an influential voice in her field, which has resulted in her becoming a regular media contributor and sought-after conference speaker. Often seen on Good Morning Britain, BBC Breakfast, Sky News, and Chanel 5 (to name a few), Clare speaks on a myriad of retail, high street and consumer issues – but is particular adept when it comes to explaining the context behind retail trading results, newly released data, and government stats, in a palatable and informative manner. In addition to broadcast and conference speaking, Clare is the proud author of two best-selling business books published by Kogan Page - The Retail Champion: 10 Steps to Retail Success, published July 2012 and How to Sell to Retail: The Secrets of Getting Your Product to Market, published February 2013. She has provided contributions to various academic texts, including Retail Marketing Management (published by Pearson). With an engaging, conversational yet informative style, Clare writes for press and content agencies, providing features, articles, blogs and opinion pieces as well as contributions to white papers and reports. However, when the situation demands a more serious style, Clare can deliver - In 2016 she wrote an extensive report for a major insurance and risk law firm, as a retail expert witness, to support a public liability suit. She found that project particularly enjoyable as it played well to her strengths – assimilating large amounts of data and information, identifying the key points and articulating that in an understandable manner. When not on TV or speaking at conferences, Clare’s “day job” sees her supporting consumer-facing businesses through her consultancy services. When asked to describe what she most loves about retail consulting it is typically the opportunity to “dig deep”, getting “under the bonnet”, in order to leverage the business data to uncover the insights that lead to “lightbulb moments”. She also loves working on business change programmes that centre on improving the processes and systems to increase profitability by supporting more rapid, better informed decision making, improving the customer experience, or simply by become more efficient and streamlined. In this respect she considers herself a “business engineer” with a brain that works like a relational database! Due to her years of experience, her logical, objective approach, her quick, rational thinking, she is known for being able to cut through complexity, seeing right through to the crux of issues, finding creative solutions that others may have overlooked. As if all that wasn’t enough, Clare is a working mum, juggling a home life in rural Lincolnshire with her partner, their 5 kids, 4 cats, and geriatric Labrador! For all enquiries, contact Clare directly on 01727 238890 or email champion@retailchampion.co.uk.
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