In recent times, ‘Shop Local’ has become an increasingly familiar term, particularly during the pandemic, as we rallied to support our local business communities, helping them to navigate the Covid storm.
Many of our small independents bore the brunt of Covid – the same businesses that often demonstrated inspiring and ingenious ways to overcome what seemed like the insurmountable and, in doing so, contributed so much to our communities during such challenging times.
Now, more than ever, we want to thank all the amazing independent retail shops, cafés, restaurants, bars, entertainment venues, wellness and beauty businesses who are at the core of our Clapham Junction community. And what better way to thank them by ‘Shopping Local’!
Here are the top seven benefits of supporting your local independents…
1. IT HELPS THE LOCAL ECONOMY
For every £1 spent with a small or medium-sized business, an estimated 63p stays in the local economy, compared to 40p with a larger business.
2. IT HELPS GENERATE LOCAL JOBS
Photo credit: Indian Moment, Battersea Rise
According to the Federation of Small Businesses, small and medium-sized businesses employ around 60% of the UK’s private sector workforce. And independent businesses often pay their staff competitive rates to encourage staff retention which, in turn, encourages continuity in customer service.
3. IT HELPS BUILD COMMUNITIES
Photo credit: Alessandro Pizzicheria Grappelli, Northcote Road
Independents are at the very core of our communities – our local butcher, baker, fishmonger, greengrocer, florist, family-run restaurant or pub – they help us put faces to names, encourage us to chat and get to know each other in friendly and welcoming environments and at locally-run events.
4. IT PROVIDES MORE CHOICE
Photo credit: The Source Bulk Foods, St John's Road
Independents have direct control over the products they source and the services they provide, enabling them to provide unique and tailored offerings which we’re unlikely to find elsewhere.
5. IT ENCOURAGES GREAT CUSTOMER SERVICE
Café Parisienne, Lavender Hill
Small business owners care about their local customers and are engaged with the communities they serve. Building a loyal customer base is key to their success – with the flexibility to reward local and loyal custom, it means we get to enjoy extra savings and treats!
6. IT IMPROVES OUR ENVIRONMENT
Photo credit: Slice Street Bakery, Northcote Road
More and more independents are themselves, sourcing locally to offer their customers products and services with a lower carbon footprint. Combined with the fact that a growing number of independents offer local delivery options, they’ll help minimise the journey your order takes before it arrives on your doorstep.
7. IT CREATES A BETTER PLACE TO LIVE
The Flower Stand, Northcote Road
Finally, if your home is near a high street full of thriving businesses, you’re likely to benefit from a boost in property value which is a nice little bonus and a great reason to support local!
Check out our local directory for all the businesses with the BID footprint here...
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