This week I have been busy beating the streets with the Buy Local campaign.
The reactions have been varied and I would like to share a few with you. One cafe owner was spitting mad because he had just been chasing after local suppliers, he said he tries to support local business but their lack of customer service was infuriating him. Locals wake up! if you want the business, provide customer care equivalent to, if not better than the large organisations.
Another business said they had been trying to educate the local residents on the importance of buying locally for 14 years. They had all the estimated facts and figures of their calculations as to how much it would benefit businesses in the area, but alas apart from me not many had listened to him. He was despondant and looking forward to retiring.
A lot of people do not seem to understand the concept of Buy Local and think that it only relates to fresh produce. I personally came across what I feel is a interesting concept for buy local. I was in the process of moving my utilities to the Utility Warehouse, and it dawned on me that this fitted well with buying locally, as someone in a rural village would now be making money from my Utilities. Unless you have employees of the large providers living in your area how else can buying your utilities benefit the economy of your local area?
I was delighted to read in the Central Fife Times that Lochgelly is running a month long Buy Local Campaign entitled 'Shop Smart, Shop Local, Shop Lochgelly'. Retailers are embracing the campaign and offering discounts vouchers to participants, I will watch this with interest and I hope that some facts and figures will be available after the campaign to illustrate the positive impact. I will also be visiting the town to support the scheme and to chat inhabitants about the campaign.
Enjoy your Christmas shopping but do stop to think where the money will flow to once you have parted with it.