Why shop locally

The beginning…

Why use sourcednextdoor.com?

Small and independent businesses are at the heart of our communities and
it’s now more important than ever for the community to get behind them and
show our support.

1)      Great for the local economy

Local businesses are the backbone of our economy and shopping at local
businesses is much better for the economy of your community than using
large chains or faceless superstores. A strong culture of buying locally
is the foundation of a sustainable local economy. Research has shown that
spending £10 with a local independent shop, means up to an additional £50
goes back in to the local economy. So will circulate the money throughout
the community and help your local area thrive.

2)      Creates local jobs

When you shop at, and spend, in your local businesses you help create more
jobs in the local community. Did you know that small local business is
largest employer nationally and provides jobs to the residents of our
communities? In some areas local employers are actually more likely pay
better wages and provide better benefits for their workers

5)      Better quality of service

Local business owners will provide a much better quality of service
because they are passionate and they really do care about their customer’s
satisfaction. Local shop owners are much more likely to go above and
beyond the call of duty when it comes to their customers.

7)      They help build communities/ community identity

Communities can be defined by the distinctive businesses along the high
street and the personalities of the owners who run these shops so
supporting local businesses helps you support your friends and neighbours.

8)      Local businesses invest more into charities and the community

Buying locally also means that you are indirectly supporting your own
community because local businesses are known to be much more generous in
terms of giving back to their own community. Researchers have found that
non-profit organisations receive on average 250% more support from small
businesses than they do from large businesses. Local businesses are often
heavily involved with community events and supporting local causes because
they live in the local area and are just as interested in helping and
pushing for improvement in the community as you are!

9)      Good for the environment/ Ethical choice

It has been found that using local business is also much more
environmentally friendly than shopping at large corporations. Small
independent businesses source locally and use less packaging than large
retailers. This reduces their global footprint as they require less
transportation costs and pollution, and leads to far less waste which only
goes to fill up landfills. Added to this, local businesses are
predominantly within walking distance or within easy access of public
transport whereas large megastores tend to be situated on the fringes of
many towns. This means that by shopping locally you can do your bit in
saving the environment by reduced car use, leading to less air pollution
and cleaner communities.

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