9 REASONS TO SHOW YOUR LOVE FOR LOCAL
When you buy local more money goes back into your local economy strengthening the economic base of the community.
‘Every €10 spent locally on Irish products generates more than €40 of benefit to the local community in terms of employment’
-ISME CEO Neil McDonnell
Shopping local keeps a community unique. Our one-of-a-kind businesses are an integral part of the distinctive character of our home towns which leads to a stronger local identity and can attract more entrepreneurship, skilled workers and tourism.
Local businesses often provide better local service as they hire people with a better understanding of the products they are selling and take more time to get to know their customers.
Buying local encourages eating in season which has been proven to be better for your health. With reduced food miles you can enjoy produce at their freshest and most abundant . You intaking the maximum amount of nutrients the produce has to offer when it’s picked at its ripest and sold within the next few days.
Shopping local enables easier greener living in many ways. Local businesses generally setting up shop in town or city centres as opposed to developing on the fringe means contributing less to greenhouse gas emissions, sprawl, congestion, habitat loss and pollution.
Supporting local puts your taxes to good use as they require comparatively little infrastructure investment and make more efficient use of public services as compared to nationally owned stores entering the community.
Local businesses give back more to the community. Non-profit organisations are said to receive an average 250% more support from smaller business owners than they do from large businesses.
Local business creates more local jobs. Small local businesses are the largest employers nationally and in our community, providing the most jobs to residents. 2014 CSO figures: 69% of Irish people are employed by SMEs.
A multitude of small businesses, each selecting products based not on a national sales plan but on their own interests and the needs of their local customers, guarantees a much broader range of product choices for your community.
SUPPORTING LOCAL AND CLIMATE CHANGE ACTION
In the face of Climate Change, Plastic pollution and Mass Biodiversity loss it is our responsibility as business owners and consumers to make more ethical and environmentally friendly choices. During the year we have kept busy by posting weekly ethical retail and consumer 'top tips' on our social media platforms.