•Based on US statistics, £100 spent at a local business means £68 of that stays in your community, as opposed to only £43 if spent at a national company •Local businesses create higher-paying jobs for our neighbours. •Buying local means less packaging, less transportation, and a smaller carbon footprint. •Shopping in a local business district helps create a healthy and vibrant high street. •Local retailers are your friends and neighbours—support them and they’ll support you. •More independents mean more choice, more diversity, and a truly unique community. •Local businesses donate to charities at more than twice the rate of national companies.
Thursday, 10 March 2011
Indie bound for glory
Britain's independent bookshops are fighting back, using the "indie bound" model imported from the USA to promote the value of supporting local bricks-and-mortar shops. Below are some of their arguments. Try them out - ask your local bookshop to put up a notice advertising a book group, then try a chain, then try Amazon...