Support small businesses - we need you!
31 Days, 31 Ways to an eco-friendly New Year
Day 6 - Support small businesses
This is not just a tip, it’s a plea from us and all UK small businesses right now.
This is one of the hardest times ever faced by small businesses. The coronavirus outbreak has already caused the closure of 234,000 small businesses in the UK since lockdown began in March. And 25% more believe they may have to close in the next six months.
But we can change this. By choosing to shop with small businesses instead of putting more money in the pockets of the big company bosses, you’re not only making things better for small business, you’ll be making a positive impact on your life, your community and the planet.
You can support small UK businesses in so many ways. And with small businesses having you covered from survival basics to gorgeous gifts, there’s no excuse not to. When you’re next shopping online, have a search around for local or small business alternatives and then tell your friends/family/random people on the street about them. Share your discoveries on your social media. Buy gift cards for your loved ones to introduce them to the brand. Small businesses thrive on this kind of support.
Beyond their size, small businesses are defined by their spirit. And at the helm are their intrepid founders—scrappy, ambitious, and resilient. They invent and build things despite uncertainty, because it’s what drives them. Their risks lead to innovation that moves the world forward. We need them.
And here’s why...
They make a positive impact on the British economy
Small businesses, some that started in garages or coffee shops, foster eco-systems that enable other small businesses to thrive in their wake. When you shop British, your money stays in communities and helps local development.
They support communities and job creation
Small businesses are often major contributors to the heart of a community and create local jobs.
They are often sustainable and eco-friendly shopping alternatives
Many smaller businesses have a shorter manufacturer-to-consumer journey, meaning there is more transparency in ingredients, materials, and the source of the products you buy. Small businesses are often makers, producing goods locally. Or they are resellers of products made by other small businesses.
They put customer experience first
The intimacy and personalized care of small businesses is hard to beat. Many new business owners launch alone and fill every role in the business, including customer service. The good ones will bend over backward for each and every shopper—because every customer matters when you’re small.
So, please, shop small where you can. We need you.
Charlie & Colette