By supporting our local businesses, more money is kept within in our local economy. This can only be a good thing. I believe the high street is the soul of the local community and something we should support. It's more than just monetary transactions; it's where we meet friends, organise and attend local events, enjoy a hobby, listen to music... the list is endless.
No town is perfect, but without a centre or hub, it would be a sorry place indeed. So, pledge to spend a bit of your cash locally; buy your strawberries from the farm up the road, not the supermarket, visit your local markets and buy your vegetables; look for a unique present or outfit in one of our local shops. To coin an common expression, use them or lose them