1. The local economy
Local businesses are the backbone of our economy. Nearby shop owners, who you are spending your money with, will then put that money back into our local community by going into our local pubs and restaurants etc, circulating the money and allowing our community to thrive.
2. Create local jobs
Small, local businesses are surprisingly the largest employer of jobs nationally and provide the most local jobs to our communities. Helping to grow the number of jobs in our area makes for a better place to live and work which then creates a healthy economy.
3. Online isn’t always best
You might be surprised to see just how competitive the prices are in our local shops and businesses. Find out what our local area can offer you first, before checking online.
4. Personality and character
Most of our stores are run by local people and many of our business/shops buildings are in keeping with aesthetic of the Brightwater area, adding character to the community and a touch of warm, welcoming personality.
5. Customer service and shopping experience
You can’t beat the personal touch of a local owner who knows everyone in the neighbourhood. Quite often they can offer products or services that are suitable for you, your home and even your four-legged friends.
6. Healthier environment
The majority of our local companies are found on the high street and are within walking distance, rather than a drive away to the nearest large shopping centre. If more people chose to pop to the local high street rather than driving to the superstores, this would considerably reduce air pollution, reduce traffic and improve the quality of our high streets.
7. Originality and individuality
Independent businesses bring much-needed originality and variety into our communities. They can be a real breath of fresh air into an area populated by generic stores and companies.
8. The British entrepreneurs
Through more people choosing the smaller, local option over the larger chain businesses it is allowing more entrepreneurs to get their foot in the door.
9. Help to create the identity
Some of our local businesses will help shape the identity of the area. A high street filled with unique, vibrant and colourful shops will attract more tourism and help to make the community a more popular and financially healthier area in which to live and work.
10. Local business for local charities
Many of our local businesses support local charities and by shopping locally you are helping to increase the number of local donations