Think Local First

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Why Shop Local?

Small businesses are the heart and soul of our community. It is in everyone’s interest to support local businesses that operate as high street shops, independent professionals, service providers and tradespersons. We realise it is not always possible to buy what you need locally and so ask you to Think Local FIRST!

10 Good Reasons to Think Local – Buy Local – Be Local

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.

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

Local shops value you more  Local businesses often hire people with a better understanding of the products they are selling and take more time to get to know customers. Evidence from numerous surveys show people receive better customer care and service locally. These businesses survive by their reputation and repeat business, which means you get a higher standard of service.

Shopping local creates jobs  Local shops create local employment and self-employment. These people in turn spend in the local economy.

Local independent shops invest more in our community  Local businesses are owned by people who live in the community, are less likely to leave, and are more invested in the community’s future.  Local businesses are proportionally more generous in their support of local charities, schools, and community events. So supporting local shops means a financial contribution to your community.

Shopping locally retains our distinctiveness Independent shops create distinctive shopping experiences and stock different products. Local businesses respond more quickly to the needs of local customers, stocking products to meet these needs.

Shopping locally retains our communities  People don’t like losing shops and services but don’t equate this with how they spend their money.

Local shops sell great products at affordable prices  Some people get out of the habit of shopping locally and are then surprised by the range of products available.

Local shops are for everyone  Most people can get to their local shops easily. This is especially important for the elderly, young people and others who rely on public transportation.

Shopping local saves services  

Private and public sector services cluster around shops. As shops disappear so do hairdressers, banks, restaurants and other businesses.

Pledge to Think. Shop. Buy. Local and commit to supporting small independent businesses near where you live and work.

Together we can strengthen relationships that improve our quality of life.

Next time before you make a purchase, Think. Shop. Buy. Local.

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