There are plenty of reasons why we should all be looking to Buy Local! We look at seven of the best reasons for supporting your local, independent businesses by Buying Local:
1. The money you spend will boost the local economy.
We all know that Jersey faces a financial ‘black hole’ that the States are now trying to fill by cutting expenditure and boosting tax revenue. Research by local authorities in the UK has shown that for every £1 spent with an SME (small or medium-sized business), 63p stayed in the local economy, I would expect the Jersey figures to be similar. By contrast, only 40p stayed in the local economy when that £1 was spent with a larger business locally. For every £1 spent on the internet nothing stays in the Jersey economy! So by shopping locally you can help boost the Jersey economy, which helps us all.
2. It’s a more ethical choice
Buying food produce which is out-of-season, such as raspberries in December, is bad for the environment. These products have to be flown thousands of miles around the world and then shipped to Jersey, which increases their carbon footprint. As does buying products which have been wrapped in layers of plastic to protect them on their journey. Whenever possible buy ‘Genuine Jersey’ food items as these will be fresher and will have been grown locally. This is a great reason to shop in and support the Jersey Markets which sell mainly local produce with minimal packaging.
3. They sell unique products
Small local shops often sell items which are handmade locally and which can’t be found anywhere else – great if you want to find that quirky gift for someone that they won’t be able to find anywhere else. Check out the Harbour Gallery which is the home to many small crafts type businesses.
4. You will have more influence over the products you buy
Smaller shops have a greater turnover of new products and they are more likely to listen to the demands of their customers. If a certain product is selling well then the seller can react to that by quickly producing more of them. Or you can even suggest things that the seller might want to consider stocking, so you can have some influence over the products on sale.
5. Help support communities
Small craft shops, cafes and bookshops often try to bring in more customers by hosting community events, such as book reading groups, social gatherings and children’s events. If these businesses disappear, so do the local groups.
Similarly, markets can provide a place for people to meet whilst browsing the stalls, giving them a community value. They can be well used public spaces as well as retail events.
Buying local produce helps keep Jersey farms viable and keeps Jersey Farming. Why not check out some of the local farm shops to see what they have to offer, it’s not just Jersey Royal Potatoes any more!
6. Value for money
A local baker could throw in some free morning rolls for their regular customers and market stall holders are sometimes willing to accept a haggle on prices. They’re also more likely to give discounts on the items you really want to buy, rather than supermarkets trying to tempt you with their multi-buy offers. Most local shops are well aware if there products are available over the internet and will try and keep their prices competitive.
7. Free advice
Get to know your local traders and they’ll be able to recommend products to you based on your own specific needs. For example, if you have a particular dietary requirement they may be able to advise you about a variety of products you may be interested in.
So go on, commit to Buy Local from now onwards and help to support our local Jersey businesses.
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