Why not buy local & make sure much of your money stays local…

Today people have so much choice. It’s getting harder for local businesses to get a look in, with large international & national companies spending millions on marketing to secure their share of people’s budgets.

Being a small business in the North West, we try & support businesses in our regional location, ensuring not all our spend is swallowed up by national & international companies. The majority is spent locally within the North West, making sure our money stays & supports local communities.

Keeping your spend local allows businesses to remain open & grow, which creates more jobs & helps communities prosper. Whether your based in the North West like us or in another area of the UK. Here’s 10 reasons why you should buy local in 2020:

  1. The local economy

Small businesses are the backbone of the local economy & to ensure it’s strong and sustainable, the process needs to be full circle, with people buying from their local businesses, to put the money back into the regional area they live & work. Circulating the money allows local communities to thrive.

  1. Buy local creates jobs

Small businesses are the largest employer nationally and provide local jobs to communities. Local employers are also more likely to offer higher average salaries & be more caring than national & international chains too.

Supporting local business, creates local jobs & a healthy economy for the community. And as we grow, our employment strategy is supporting our young local community, by employing apprentices from within our geographical area.

  1. Better for the environment 

When you buy local, you or your supplier are not travelling long distances & as you help local businesses grow, they will employ local people too. Cutting out the need for local people to commute long distances to work. Both of these will reduce carbon emissions & help the environment.

Local businesses are also likely to create environmental schemes that benefit the local area, like out plant a tree campaign. We’re planting a tree in the local area for each customer who signs up to any 1 of our printer or telephony technology solutions.

  1. Local deals to save you money

Through supporting your local businesses, you’re helping to support local entrepreneurs, who’ll think up new ways to help you solve problems & save money. They also give something back to the community and tend to offer better deals than larger chains. Like our printer & telephony solutions.

  1. Healthy competition

Local companies have such great and competitive prices, thanks to healthy competition. A marketplace of thousands of small businesses is the most reliable way to ensure innovation and low prices over a long-term period. Some like us, will even provide guaranteed fixed prices.

  1. The shopping experience

Although some national & international chains have good customer service, you cannot beat the personal touch of a local owner, who’ll hire people with specific product expertise & are able to make recommendations, give advice and provide personalised customer service.

  1. Creating an identity

Local businesses are operated by local people who know the area well, who add a natural authenticity to the community and tend to respond to customer’s needs in a quicker, more efficient and flexible manner.

  1. Local businesses support local charities

Buying local means you are supporting your own community in more ways than you think. Many local businesses support charities that are particularly relevant to their area. By shopping locally, you are helping to increase the number of donations to charities local to you.

Over time, we’ve supported many local charities through a number of initiatives. Currently we provide a cash back donation scheme to charity organisations. Any charities doing business with us, gain 10% of their monthly spend back in the form of a donation.

  1. Buy local builds communities

A area filled with an array of unique, vibrant businesses & shops will attract more customers & help make the community a financially healthier area in which to live and work. Local businesses are less likely to leave and are more invested in the community’s welfare and future.

  1. Local businesses pay tax

Local businesses pay their fair share of taxes (unlike some national & international companies) & their employees pay income tax & national insurance too, some of which is circulated back into the local economy from central to regional & local government, to provide the community with public services.