Edenderry Chamber of Commerce are commissioning a report in 2019 which will put facts and numbers behind these points.For now we hope you all can see the importance of shopping local to support the growth of the community.
Small local businesses are the largest employer nationally and small businesses account for the vast majority of job growth. Jobs are closer to home giving the employee a much better work life balance.
Local business people are generally the ones behind the counter, you know them and they know you. They have a deep understanding of the product they’re selling and are more than happy to spend the time to ensure you get exactly what you require.
Shopping locally keeps 4 to 5 times more money in your community than shopping in chain stores. This is through employment, sourcing product, marketing, accounting and other 3rd line services. Estimated only around 10% of purchases in chains finds its way back to your local community!
The more small businesses we can support, each selecting products based on the needs of the local community and not on a national/international sales plan, guarantees a much broader and diverse range of product.
Locally owned businesses can make more local purchases. Local customers can pick, handle & try product resulting in much less deliveries/returns. This all leads to less transportation resulting in less congestion and pollution.
Sponsorship of your local club or community group has long been the done thing in communities across Ireland. This is only made possible with the support of your local business people and your contribution by shopping local.
Local businesses are owned by people who live here, work here and are invested in the community with much more than just their money.