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.
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