The Top Ten Reasons to Shop Locally & Support Local Businesses in Garforth

1. Keep Money in the Local Community

For every £100 spent at a locally owned business, £45 stays in the local economy, creating jobs and expanding the local community’s contributions. For every £100 spent at a national chain or franchise store, only £15 remains in the community.

2. Embrace What Makes Garforth so Special

Garforth is a small suburb of Leeds.  Where we shop, where we eat and hang out—all of it makes our little community our home. Chain and franchise stores are growing more aggressive and threatening to change the unique character of our community. One-of-a-kind, locally owned, independent businesses are an integral part of what makes Garforth a great place to live.

3. Local Job Creation

Studies show that locally owned businesses create more jobs locally and, in some sectors, provide better wages and benefits than national chains.

4. Help the Environment

Local business owners tend to set up shop in walkable neighbourhood business districts, rather than developing on the city’s fringe or in outlets on the edge of cities only accessible by transport. Having a diverse array of businesses within walking or biking distance reduces the amount of driving Garforth residents must do to shop for goods and services. It also helps to conserve land, limit sprawl and lessen traffic and air pollution.

5. Nurture the Local Community.

Independent businesses are owned by people who live in this community and are committed to investing in our future. Studies have found that locally owned businesses contribute more than twice as much of their revenue to charitable causes as corporate chains do. And advocates of local causes find that local business owners are generally much more accessible than executives of large companies based in other areas.

6. Conserve Your Money

Small businesses require less public infrastructure and make more efficient use of city services compared to sprawling big-box stores and shopping centres, which are far more costly in terms of road work and police services, according to studies.

7. Having More Choice

A marketplace of many small businesses helps to ensure more innovation and competition, and lower prices over the long term. Independent businesses, choosing products based on what their local customers need and desire, not a national sales plan, guarantees a more diverse range of product and service choices.

8. Benefits from Local Businesses & Their Expertise

Local business owners and employees often possess a level of expertise and a passion for the products they sell that is unmatched by employees and managers of national stores. They also tend to have a greater interest in getting to know their customers—who are, after all, also their neighbours. Simply put, local owners and employees take a special pride in their trade.

9. Preserving Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurship fuels the UK’s economic innovation and prosperity, and serves as a key means for families to move out of low-wage jobs and into the middle class. Plus, the success of locally owned, independent businesses provides real-life inspiration to our young people, proving that they can stay in town and prosper on their own terms.

10. Let’s insure that Garforth stands Out from The Crowd!

In an increasingly regimented world, communities that preserve their one-of-a-kind businesses and distinctive character are more likely to attract entrepreneurs and new investment. Garfoth place a high value on individuality and consider our home-grown enterprises a source of pride. They are also an attraction to visitors.

Buying local from locally-owned and operated independent businesses, and not from big stores, chains, and franchises, keeps more of our money circulating in our community. We can either invest in our own community or watch our money leave our community to work elsewhere and enrich others.