Small businesses often have a huge role within communities, supporting them can not only make a difference to the lives of local business owners but also the economic growth as a whole. It makes complete sense when you think about it, the more you support the small businesses local to you the more likely they are to continue not only to survive but grow.
Here are our top ten reasons to support small businesses;
- Money spent in local businesses will tend to be re-spent in the same area. So whenever you spend on one local business it actually has the positive effect on the local community.
- When a local small business becomes successful, they’re more likely to employ local people. Most new jobs are provided by local small businesses. Small local businesses are the largest employers nationally.
- Helps to get empty streets a charm and character. Simple as that.
- The more vibrant a local small business is the more ‘influence’ they will have as a collective for things that really matter in the area. Their voice will be heard!
- You may see some hidden treasures. Independent small businesses often stock items that the larger chains wouldn’t, they have all the freedom to choose their own products and they will often try to match them with the needs of the community.
- You can engage with local service providers. Think of web designers, insurance reps and so on offers you the personal experience. We still would like to have a face-to-face approach rather than not knowing who is helping you in this chaotic world.
- Small businesses have often better customer service. Local businesses often hire people with more specific product expertise and they invest in their employees for better customer service.
- You will deal with the business owner directly, they are passionate about what they do. They love their businesses.They set up in business to succeed, their heart is in the business. They are not clock watching, waiting to get out the door at the end of the day!
- Better for the environment. Local businesses make more local purchases requiring less transportation and usually set up shop in town centers rather than on the fringe. This generally means contributing less to sprawl, congestion, habitat loss, resource depletion and pollution
- It’s less hard to get something done with a small business. There isn’t a massive chain of people to go through before the decision can be made. Small businesses have the influence of ownership!
We LOVE small businesses, and so should you!