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Melissa Corkhill

By Melissa Corkhill

24th November 2016

Six compelling facts to encourage you to #lovelocal

Melissa Corkhill

By Melissa Corkhill

24th November 2016

Melissa Corkhill

By Melissa Corkhill

24th November 2016

  1. For every £1 spent with a small or medium-sized business 63p stayed in the local economy, compared to 40p with a larger business.
  2. 48% of people choose to shop local because of the people that work there, with 25% of shoppers knowing the staff by name – and vice versa too. (Source AXA)
  3. Pound for pound of spending in smaller independent ‘local food’ outlets supports three times the number of jobs than at outlets of national grocery chains
  4. One fifth of shoppers use independent stores for all or part of their main shopping (Source: CPRE)
  5. National supermarket chains dominate grocery spending (77% of all main shopping trips) (Source: CPRE)
  6. Traditional specialist stores have shrunk from around 120,000 in the 1950s to around 18,000 in the late 2000s (Competition Commission)

RESOURCES

Totally Locally are a campaign group championing independent businesses - totallylocally.org

Shop locally for seasonal produce at www.bigbarn.co.uk

Building a new economy for people, The New Economics Foundation are a people-powered thinktank http://neweconomics.org

Win £100 cash and a subscription

Take a photo of you in your favourite local shop and post it with #greenparentmag and #lovelocal. Competition closes at midnight on 27th November. We’ll choose a winner to receive £100 cash and a subscription to The Green Parent magazine on 29th November.

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