There are many well-documented benefits to our communities and to each of us by choosing local, independently owned businesses. We realise it is not always possible to buy what you need locally and so merely ask you to think local first.
Buy local - support yourself: Several studies have shown that when you buy from a 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.
Support community groups: Non-profit organisations receive an average 250 per cent more support from smaller business owners than they do from large businesses.
Keep our community unique: Where we shop, where we eat and have fun - all of it makes our community home. Our one-of-a-kind businesses are an integral part of the distinctive character of this place. Our tourism businesses also benefit.
When you buy from a locally owned business ... significantly more of your money is used to make purchases from other local businesses
Reduce environmental impact: Locally-owned businesses can make more local purchases requiring less transportation and generally set up shop in town or city centres as opposed to developing on the fringe.
Create more good jobs: Small local businesses are the largest employer nationally and in our community, provide the most jobs to residents.
Get better service: Local businesses often hire people with a better understanding of the products they are selling and take more time to get to know customers.
Invest in community: Local businesses are owned by people who live in this community, are less likely to leave, and are more invested in the community's future. 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.
Encourage local prosperity: A growing body of economic research shows that in an increasingly homogenised world, entrepreneurs and skilled workers are more likely to invest and settle in communities that preserve their one-of-a-kind businesses and distinctive character.