A bad Christmas can mark disaster for a small business. Sadly, it really is a case of ‘use it or lose it’.Seven Reasons to Shop Locally
Supporting local businesses makes a big impact on your community. Independent businesses from boutique furniture shops in Cambridge to local gift shops and clothiers, help create a vibrant regional economy. Moreover, shopping local offers a number of sustainability benefits.
There’s many great reasons to choose local businesses. We look at eight.
1. Our Local Economy
Firstly, ‘going local’ boosts the local economy. On one hand, for every £1 spent at a small or medium sizes business, 63p remains in the local economy. In contrast, that number is 40p with larger businesses. On the other hand, a thriving local economy can boost property prices.
2. Strengthen Communities
Secondly, local high streets help strengthen communities. Communities can weaken in a globalised world where people come and go. Moreover, when communities fray, everyone suffers. However, local shops and shopkeepers can bridge gaps between locals and newcomers. In this way, choosing local boutiques can create community and personal connections.
Communities that preserve their one-of-a-kind businesses and distinctive character have an economic advantage.Institute for Local Self-Reliance
Next, purchasing from local shops has real environmental benefits. In particular, boutiques tend to:
- use less land
- offer more locally-made products
- be closer to shoppers
- create less traffic and air pollution
Likewise, economic benefits to local people and increased local decision-making sustains our towns and villages. Additionally, boutique furniture shops in Cambridge including second hand furniture shops offer environmental sustainability. That is, by choosing to re-use classic pieces, you don’t contribute to deforestation.
4. Product Diversity
Furthermore, independent businesses stock items you can’t find elsewhere. The locally made treasures or stunning iconic designs you can find in Cambridge’s boutique furniture shops – nudge, nudge – aren’t available anywhere else. While shopping at large retailers can offer convenience, they cannot offer lovely things made in Essex. However, local businesses can and do!
Britain relies on its entrepreneurs. Only by supporting the work and ingenuity of entrepreneurs can we foster the next generation of designers and retailers. British entrepreneurs are an important resource. For example, during 2012-13 start-ups created 68% of all new jobs in the UK. When you choose local, you allow more entrepreneurs to build their businesses. In turn, you contribute to a healthier economy and community.
6. Local Finances
Councils often use tax incentives to lure large businesses to local areas. However, if national corporates pay less, the burden shifts to local residents. In contrast, supporting local businesses lessens individual tax burdens and creates up to 75% more tax revenues for your community.
7. Great Service
Local business owners will provide a much better quality of service because they are passionate and they really do care about their customer’s satisfaction.Cally
8. Better Shopping Experience
Likewise, local shops can offer innovative shopping experiences. Firstly, local boutiques are often clustered together on the high street. So, you can park once and walk between shops, popping in and out and perhaps stopping for a cuppa along the way. Secondly, local shop displays and interiors express the character of their owners and offer special touches you won’t find in a national chain. For instance, a little toy corner to occupy the children or a cosy nook to sit and ponder. That sort of quirky virtuosity is the domain of local businesses.
Boutique Furniture Shops in Cambridge
MRS FOX is a passionate purveyor of iconic design-led 20th-century furniture and art. As one of a number of fabulous boutique furniture shops in Cambridge, we’d like to give a special mention to these local businesses. Indeed, you might also like our review of best furniture shops in Cambridge.
Providence cabinetmakers draws inspiration from New England Shaker style. Their handmade, bespoke furniture offers simple form and function to last many lifetimes. You can visit their Barton Shop, 2 miles from Cambridge City Centre.
Just Interiors, Epping
Similarly, KCP Furniture & Finishing offers bespoke furniture and cabinetry solutions. Kate Polak, designer and furniture maker, completed training in carpentry and joinery at the Cambridge Regional College in 1999. She’s been building furniture ever since. Polack works with Ian Taft, a trained boat builder, who’s ability to work in odd spaces allows this team to craft bespoke solutions that fit even the wonkiest spaces.
Angela Reed, Saffron Walden
Established in Saffron Walden in 1881, Angela Reed continues to thrive under the 5th generation of family owners. A recently opened Cambridge store on Peas Hill offers the same fine furniture and accessories.
Convinced to ‘go local’? We hope so. There are so many treasurers to un-earth, people to meet and places to discover. Many of Britain’s high streets are bursting with unique shops and experiences. Go out and explore!
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