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Shop Local - Businesses and Shops
Local! Support Burnham-On-Sea
local and enjoy good service, product knowledge, high quality - and
know that you've really done something about keeping your local shops
and local services in business and your local communities thriving.
reasons to Shop Local!
Local shops sell a wide range of great products at affordable prices.
Many people get out of the habit of shopping locally
and are then surprised by the range of products and gifts available.
Shopping locally saves you money.
Out of town shops have done a good job of convincing us all that sole
traders = expensive, but the evidence just isn't there to back this
up. If you add in travel, parking costs, fees to transport larger items
home and customer time, the overall cost is often much greater.
Shopping locally retains our communities.
People don't like losing shops and services in small towns and villages
but don't equate this to how they spend their money. Shops will only
survive if customers spend locally - so if you want a vibrant town centre,
where people can socialise as well as shop, we need to encourage people
to shop locally.
Shopping locally retains our distinctiveness - avoid clone towns!
Many town centres in Britain look the same with franchises and multinationals.
Independent shops create distinctive shopping experiences and stock
different products. Independent shops keep
traditional local products alive. They respond more quickly to the needs
of local customers, stocking products to meet the changing population
Shopping locally saves the environment.
We are all aware of CO2 emissions and our environmental impact. Local
shops often stock a higher percentage of locally sourced goods for which
distribution time and customer journey times are reduced. This helps
reduce our global footprint.
Shopping locally creates jobs.
Shops in our town centres and villages create local employment and self
employment. These people in turn spend in the local economy. Evidence
shows that for every £10 spent in an independent shop, £25
is generated for the local economy compared to £14 spent in multinationals.
Local independent shops invest more in our communities.
Sole traders and independent stores are proportionally more generous
in their support for local charities, carnivals, schools and community
events. So supporting local shops means a financial
return for our community.
Local shops are for everyone.
Most people can get to their local shops easily. This is especially
important for the elderly, the vulnerable, young people and those without
private transport. Keeping your shops open by buying locally helps the
Local shops value you more.
Evidence from numerous surveys shows people receive better customer
care and service in local shops. Traders survive by their reputation
and repeat business - so shopping locally means that you get a higher
standard of service.
Shopping locally saves services.
Private, voluntary and public sector services cluster around shops.The
loss of the high street often corresponds to a reduction in these services.
As shops disappear, so do hairdressers, vets, dentists etc
For a list of
partcipating local traders and businesses - Look at the Shop