1. You can help build communities. Popping out to your local butcher, florist, restaurant or pub builds familiarity. It’s the way friendships are made – the old-fashioned way, through eye-contact, a friendly ‘hello’ and a little small talk. And independent businesses often organise local events which create community ties.

2. For every £1 spent with a small or medium-sized business, an estimated 63p stays in the local economy, compared to 40p with a larger business.

3. Experiences are richer and more colourful when you choose local and independent over large-chain and homogeneous.

4. Most new jobs are provided by local businesses – according to the Federation of Small Businesses, small and medium sized business employ around 60% of the UK’s private sector workforce.

5. Independent business often pay their staff better and pay their fair share of taxes, compared to some tax-dodging multinationals.

6. It’s often better for the environment. Local businesses make more local purchases, which require less transportation and they’re usually in town centres rather than contributing to urban sprawl, habitat loss and pollution.

7. Home-owners who live near high streets with thriving independent businesses benefit from a boost in property value.