We look forward to welcoming members, guests and those with an interest in what we are doing to The Cottage, 148 Thunder Lane, Thorpe St Andrew, Norwich, NR7 OJD for Buy Local Networking + AGM on 3rd May 2017, from 6 pm to 8 pm, ALL ARE WELCOME THOUGH ONLY MEMBERS MAY PARTICIPATE IN THE AGM.
Please book your place/s here
Our Networking events are free to attend, all we ask is you purchase a drink or two from our kind hosts, and if you enjoy the experience why not give them a compliment, ‘like’ or ‘follow’…
6 pm arrive to some of the friendliest networking available on this planet.
6.30 pm AGM
8 pm close, or feel free stay on for something to eat (food is available)
If you do come along we (the directors of Buy Local Norfolk) really would welcome your thoughts and feedback…please let us have it warts and all here: firstname.lastname@example.org
What Buy Local Norfolk is:
Buy Local Norfolk is a membership organisation offering a brand to businesses and organisations which are truly and proudly local to Norfolk. As a Social Enterprise (not-for-profit) each member owns an equal share of Buy Local and has an equal say in what it does or doesn’t do.
Buy Local is completely unique to Norfolk – we are not following any other Buy Local type organisation. Our difference (USP) is the unique criteria we’ve developed to define what a true local independent business is. Our success is almost entirely due to the pride so many business owners attach to being based within this fine county.
Why we think Buying Locally is important:
Truly local businesses are the lifeblood of the local economy, they keep local supply chains, trades and crafts alive and well which contributes to the distinctiveness of Norfolk and helps to make this county compelling as a place in which to live, work, play and visit. On the other hand global businesses have to deliver their products and services in a manner consistent with their brand. This ‘sameness’ or standardisation can be seen on our high streets, in our cars and homes and on our TV’s. Unless there is a concerted and sustained effort locally by both public and private sectors our distinctiveness as a destination and our choice as consumers will continue to be eroded.
A pound spent with a local business is a pound which adds to the total amount of money available within the local economy, whereas a pound spent at (for example) Amazon or Asda simply leaves our economy. Putting it another way, when you buy from a local business you’re not helping a CEO buy a 3rd holiday home you’re helping a little girl get dance lessons, a little boy get a Norwich City shirt and their mum and dad put food on the table.
When a ‘Norfolk’ business exports goods or services abroad (i.e. out-side of our county boundary) this brings new money into Norfolk, thereby adding to the total amount of money available within the local economy. If the exporting business is a member of Buy Local Norfolk (or would otherwise meet our criteria for membership) then decisions about how this new money is re-spent will be made right here in Norfolk. If the head office of the business is not in Norfolk then decisions about exactly how and with whom the money is re-spent are not made locally.
Any economy (be that your home, business, county or country) is only as strong as the income it generates over and above its costs of operation, because this is the proportion over which it has the greatest autonomy.
Whatever the scale of the economy, the more money it has available to it the greater the CHOICE (Cash Held Once Income has Covered Expenses).
Buy Local Networking + AGM 3rd May 2017, we hope to see you there.