Evidence shows that for every £10 spent in an independent shop £25 is generated for the local economy compared to £14 spent in multinationals.
When you shop at, and invest, in your local businesses you help create more jobs in the local community. Did you know that small local business is largest employer nationally and provides jobs to the residents of our communities? In some areas local employers are actually more likely pay better wages and provide better benefits for their workers.
Research by the Campaign for Rural England on the impact of 93 edge-of-town supermarkets on jobs showed that over a four-year period, there had been a net loss of 276 jobs
in a 10-mile radius of each of the supermarkets, equivalent to a national total loss of over 25,000 jobs (National Retail Planning Forum, 1998). This study did not include florists, clothes shops and newsagents, suggesting far greater actual jobs losses. There is an urgent need for more such research to inform planning decisions.
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