10 Reasons to Support your Community by Shopping Locally
Enhance your sense of Community
By shopping locally you will get to know your neighbours – both the people that work at your local shops but also the other customers shopping there.
Reduce your impact on the Environment
Buying locally can reduce your carbon footprint by cutting down on vehicle use – initially in the transportation of goods to the stores and secondly by reducing the use of your own private transport to get to and from the shops.
Create local job opportunities
Local businesses usually employ local people which again adds to the quality of life of your local community. Also, in some sectors, local businesses provide better wages and working conditions than some of the bigger chain stores.
Keep your money flowing within your Community
Each dollar you spend at your local shops is usually kept within your local economy. It’s a way of investing in the neighbourhood – you simultaneously create jobs, fund neighborhood improvement and promote community development.
Maintain Diversity in your neighbourhood
Shopping locally and supporting your business community will ensure a diversity in your neighbourhood. It’s important that local businesses are kept strong and viable.
Enjoy Better quality products
Sometimes locally bought produce can be of a better quality than products mass produced or those transported around the country for the major shopping chains. This can be especially true of locally grown fruit and vegetables.
Support local families
The local business down the road is probably owned by a local family or employs members of local families. Buying locally means you support these families which has flow on effects for local schools, sporting clubs, organisations and social groups.
A marketplace of tens of thousands of small businesses is the best way to ensure innovation and low prices over the long-term. These local businesses can select products based on the needs of their local consumers rather than on national sales plans.
Support local businesses that support local groups
Locally owned businesses may show greater interest in supporting local causes and clubs than some of the bigger chains. So support the businesses that support our community.
Experience better service as a customer
Some people choose to shop locally because they receive better customer service. This is often because the smaller local business relies on happy customers.