Every year, thousands of businesses and tens of thousands of shoppers take part in Shop Local Saturday.
The event aims to promote local stores and services, and it’s gained huge levels of support from the public over the past few years. That’s just one day in the year, though. Choosing to support local businesses when we’re looking to buy products or get services should be something we do all year round.
There are 3 key reasons why you should shop locally on a regular basis:
Research has shown that for every £1 spent with a small or medium-sized business 63p stayed in the local economy, compared to 40p with a larger business. That’s what it’s all about: ensuring our towns and cities have thriving businesses so we can have shops and amenities on our doorsteps. You’ll be supporting local entrepreneurs and safeguarding Welsh jobs. Local small businesses are the lifeblood of our communities. The vast majority of businesses in Wales are SMEs. The people who start them take financial risks to do so, and create jobs for other people. Of course, more local jobs can only be a good thing.
You get a great level of service – local businesses know your area, can give you advice, and want to build relationships with you. You’re not talking about big business based hundreds of miles away, or in a different country. Local businesses have a face – their owners live nearby and the children of those owners go to local schools. They’re invested in our communities, just as we are. They have local knowledge and understand the importance of local word of mouth. They’re in it for the long haul, and good service is key to that.
Communities which have a thriving small business sector have a great future.
So how can you find the local businesses you need?
Our local business directory app lets you do that at the touch of a button. Get the free Business Directory Wales mobile app, put in your town or postcode, and start searching for local businesses. The outlets nearest to you in the sectors you need will come up first.
Download our free mobile app today – and #shoplocal!