There are several well-documented benefits to our communities and to each of us to choosing a locally owned business is a meaningful start. We realise it is not always possible to buy what you need locally but lets do our best to strive together and support the local economy.

Here are the Top Ten reasons to Why We Should Keep it Local

1.Buy Local – Support yourself: Many studies have shown that when you buy from an independent, locally owned business, rather than a nationally owned businesses, significantly more of your money is used to make purchases from other local businesses and service providers, continuing to strengthen the economic structure of the community.

2.Support local community groups: Non-profit organisations receive an average 200% more support from smaller business owners than they do from large businesses.

3.Keep our community been unique: Where we shop, where we eat and have fun and all of it makes our community home. Our one-of-a-kind businesses are an integral part of the distinctive character of this place. Our tourism businesses will also benefit because when people go on holiday they generally seek out destinations that offer them the sense of being somewhere and not just anywhere

4.Reduce environmental impact: Locally owned businesses can make more local purchases requiring less transport and generally set up shop in town or city centres as opposed to developing on the outskirts. This generally means contributing less to sprawl, congestion, habitat loss and pollution.

5.Creating more good and sustainable jobs: Small local businesses are the largest employer nationally and in our community, provide the most jobs to residents.

6.Striving for a better service: Local businesses often employ people with a better understanding of the products they are selling and take more time to get to know customers.

7.Investing in the local community: Local businesses are owned by people who live in this community; hence are less likely to leave, and are more invested in the community’s well being.

8.Put your money to good use: Local businesses in town centres require significantly little infrastructure investment and make more efficient use of public services as compared to nationally owned stores entering the community.

9.Buy what you want, not what someone wants you to buy: A marketplace of tens of thousands of small businesses is the best way to ensure innovation and low prices over the long-term.  A multitude of small businesses, each selecting products based not on a national sales plan but on their own interests and the needs of their local customers, guarantees a much broader range of product choices
10.Encourage local prosperity: A growing body of economic research shows that in our current world, entrepreneurs and skilled workers are more likely to invest and settle in communities that preserve their one-of-a-kind businesses and distinctive character.