It’s no secret that our high streets have been struggling in recent years. Huge supermarket chains and commercial stores have disrupted local businesses and left many smaller, independent companies struggling to survive. These very same businesses are and enable a town centre to have an additional sense of character with an array of unique shops you can’t find anywhere else.
Sadly, though, local shops need our support more than ever before. The rise of online shopping has also led to a decline in local shopping. In the same way people can order food using an app, watch Amazon Prime or , they can also surf the web for a bargain online and essentially avoid local business altogether. It’s convenient, easy to grasp, and you can access a range of different stores or specific items in the palm of your hand. The appeal of online shopping is understandable, but the thought of local businesses vanishing from our high streets is a worrying prospect too.
With independent businesses needing local support, here is a reminder of why we should all shop local as much as possible.
Invest in the community
Shopping at a local store can not only help it but also have a positive effect on the local economy too. The more money you give to a local business, the more likely it is to thrive and lead to new businesses opening also. For example, research shows that £10 spent with a local independent shop means that up to an additional £50 goes back into the local economy. As a result, thriving independent businesses can help boost house prices in the local area and add to the overall feeling of community.
Create local jobs
Shopping locally can enable you to have an impact on the health of jobs in the local area. Local businesses are actually the largest employer of jobs nationally and provide the most local jobs to communities, which is one of the key reasons why it is important to see them alive and thriving. These types of stores tend to pay more to employees than larger chains do, too. If you can play a part in creating local jobs, then the local community will reap the rewards.
Online isn’t necessarily best
Online shopping is convenient and, on occasions, people can find a bargain from time to time. On many other occasions, though, you might be able to find more of a bargain at a local business. On top of this, , and you don’t always know what you’re getting until it arrives at the door. Always find out what you can get in your local area before you head online and essentially gamble with the outcome.
Chain stores , with most of them selling the same type of products and offering the same type of service as the others. They generally look the same, the items you can purchase do too, and they lack character. Local businesses, on the other hand, bring much-needed originality and variety into communities.
Personality and character
Local businesses are run by local people just like us. In turn, the shopping experience these types of establishments provide usually results in a warm welcome and a friendly face. These businesses are peoples’ livelihoods, and they simply love to have your custom. They also enable an area to have a unique feel to it, instead of being loaded with humongous chain stores from the likes of Tesco and Primark. Without local businesses an area would lack character.