10 BENEFITS OF SUPPORTING INDEPENDENT BUSINESS
We often see the slogan "Shop Local" but what are the actual benefits of doing so? Here's what we think.
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1. BETTER FOR THE LOCAL ECONOMY
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.
2. BETTER PRODUCTS AND SERVICE
Experiences are often richer and more colourful when you choose local and independent over large-chain and homogeneous. Since the outbreak of Covid-19, many small businesses are now delivering locally too.
3. DOING THE RIGHT THING
Independent business often pay their staff better and pay their fair share of taxes, compared to some tax-dodging multinationals.
4. LOCAL JOBS
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. Small businesses are facing huge pressures since the pandemic began. They are adapting fast to secure livelihoods but they need our help.
5. HELPING TO 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.
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. Deliveries from local shops often have a much lower carbon footprint that those from large online retailers.
7. A NICER PLACE TO LIVE
Home-owners who live near high streets with thriving independent businesses benefit from a boost in property value.
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8. CUSTOMER SERVICE IS OFTEN BETTER
Small business owners really care about their local customers and are engaged with the communities they serve.
9. UNIQUE OFFERING
Independent retailers often stock locally-made items which aren’t available elsewhere, so you can choose things which are truly unique.
10. KEEP IT LOCAL - JOIN THE CLUB
Through initiatives like The Local Buyers Club, independent retailers can use their discretion to reward local and loyal custom and that means savings and treats for you. The Local Buyers Club helps promote local and independent businesses and encourages people to spend a little extra locally if possible.
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What is the Local Buyers Club?
We're on a mission to help you discover & support the best independent businesses. We also organise and support community initiatives.
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Our members are rewarded with discounts or perks at hundreds of awesome restaurants, shops, bars and businesses throughout London. We help spread the word about them and raise awareness of the advantages of shopping locally.
But we can only do it with the support of our wonderful members.
Join the Local Buyers Club and, for just £12 per year, you'll be helping to support local business.
If you're a great independent business in London and would like to find out more about joining the Club please email firstname.lastname@example.org