You boost the local economy
For every £1 spent with a small or medium-sized business 63p stayed 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 shop at local butchers, bakers, farm shops and green grocers, 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, cafés 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. Butchers will give advice on cooking times, and how large a joint you might need to feed a family get-together, with some leftovers. Get to know your local traders.