Six Reasons to Shop Local
Here at Forget-Me-Not, we’re all about supporting local businesses and if you need any encouragement, here are a few reasons why we all benefit from shopping local…
You boost the local economy – For every £1 spent with a small or medium-sized business 63p stays in the local economy, compared to 40p with a larger business.
You increase the value of your home – High streets populated with thriving independent businesses boost the prices of nearby homes. Discount stores and charity shops decrease home values in the area.
It is more ethical – When you buy from local butchers, bakers, farm shops and greengrocers, it is likely that a decent percentage of the produce has had a short field-to-fork journey. As a bonus it means the food is likely to contain more nutrients and have less packaging.
You support local entrepreneurs – Head for your local artisan market. These help foster the talents of the next generation of British designers and retailers. There is a constant turnover of new products, and sellers listen to customers’ demands. From food to fledgling clothing designers – there will be something for everyone.
You help to build your local community – Bookshops, cafes and craft shops often drum up custom by hosting events, from reading groups to knitting clubs and children’s events. If local businesses are not supported, these fun local groups tend to disappear too.
You might get a better deal or some good advice – Local independent businesses can use their discretion to reward regular custom. For instance, butchers will give advice on cooking times, and how large a joint you might need for a family get-together, with some leftovers. Get to know your local traders.
By Tom Hancock