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Reasons to shop local

Using local business and service often saves you money 
By the time you have added in the cost of travel, parking and your time the overall cost of going further afield is often much higher. Many people simply get out of the habit of shopping locally and don’t realise what is available to them, right on their own doorstep. 

Traditional Local Produce and services 
Independent businesses keep the use of locally sourced products and traditional services alive. These businesses, typically respond more quickly to the needs of local customers, stocking products and providing services to meet the changing needs of the community. 

Creating Local jobs 
When you shop at, and invest, in your local businesses you help create more jobs in the local community.

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Local business and shops value your custom more
Local business owners will provide a much better quality of service because they are so passionate about what they do and really do care about their customer’s satisfaction. Local shop owners are much more likely to go above and beyond the call of duty when it comes to their customers  

Local and independent business, survive by their reputation and repeat business - so shopping local means that you get a higher standard of service. 

Local Businesses invest more into charities and the community  
Many of local businesses are centred on ethical practices and give back to those who support them and are often more generous in terms of giving. Getting involved with community events, carnivals, schools and supporting local causes because they live in the local area too and are just as interested in helping and pushing for improvements in the in your area as you are!  

Small independents add colour and variety to our towns and villages 
Independent businesses bring originality and variety, often more creative and unique, offering products that you didn’t expect, things you won’t find everywhere else. They are often what give the area its shape, texture, colour, and taste...often literally.”  

Its about the experience ….whether it's the unique visual merchandise or quirky layout, an independent store is much more than online webpage 

Keeping more money in your local economy - why your money goes further  
Buying locally supports local business, their suppliers and the people they depend on to run their businesses. Buying locally boosts the local economy, rebuilding confidence in the community, enabling local businesses to prosper and grow.   

Doing our bit   
Using/buying from local, independent businesses be they shops, cafes, salons, restaurants, market traders or whatever means we each are doing 'our bit' to keep our high street, town or village centre 'open for business'. And in return we will receive better service and an all-round more positive experience.   

An Opportunity to Socialise  
Using local businesses gives you the opportunity to interact and socialise with employees as well as having the chance to bump into friends and family within the local community, therefore supporting your local businesses can make your trip more than just a quick visit to town. 

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Working together, Building Opportunity for Independent Business’s to Achieve Ambitions

Smaller and independent businesses are at the heart of our communities and it’s now more important than ever for the community to get behind them and show support.

If you run a local business, it’s likely that you know many of your customers’ names, their usual purchases and preferences, and maybe even their families. You live alongside the people you are selling too and care passionately about giving a quality product or service, over just taking your customers hard earned cash. Your reputation means everything to you and are always willing to go that extra mile for your customers. 

Does this sound like you?  

Where ever you live in the country there are some amazing local, independent shops and business and specialists offering a wide range of quality services, products that the larger business’s simply don’t have. Community Circles wants to encourage Independent businesses to work together to promote the values and reasons to use and shop with local independents.  

If you're an independent store owner, retailer or trade, please see our Community Circles for Business page to find out how you can take part.