Buy Local Networking December 2017
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Buy Local Networking December 2017
December 6, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pmFree
Buy Local Networking December 2017 will take place on Wednesday 6th December at Roundwood Function & Conference Centre, 44 Ringland Road, Taverham, Norwich NR8 6HY
Members, guests and anyone else with an interest in Buy Local are all welcome.
Our Networking events really are free to attend, all we ask is that you purchase a drink or two from the kind hosts at our venue. If you enjoy the experience why not let them know with a ‘like’ or ‘follow’, or perhaps by posting a complimentary comment…
6.00 pm: arrive to some of the friendliest networking available on this planet.
6.30 pm: introductions: our members and guests are invited to tell us who they are, what their business is, and a little bit about what they do. If you do not wish to do this it’s really no problem at all, simply pass.
6.50 pm: update by Directors on where we are with Buy Local Norfolk and what is being done to continue growth.
7.00 pm: presentations either a member will talk about the ups and downs of their business journey or a guest speaker will present a topic relevant to supporting or growing local businesses.
7.20 pm: networking until you wish to leave.
8.00 pm: close, or feel free stay on for something to eat (assuming food is available)
When you do come along directors of Buy Local Norfolk really would welcome your thoughts and feedback…please let us have it warts and all at the time, or via: [email protected]
What Buy Local Norfolk is:
Buy Local Norfolk is a membership organisation. We offer a brand to businesses and organisations which are truly and proudly local to Norfolk. Every member owns an equal share of, and has an equal say in, what Buy Local does.
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 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, crafts and flavours alive and well. This contributes to the over-all distinctiveness of Norfolk and helps to make this county compelling as a place in which to live, work, play, and of course 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 all sectors of our communities 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 stays in the local economy. This adds to the total amount of money available within the local economy. Money = CHOICE. Alternatively, a pound spent with (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 sells goods or services anywhere out-side of our county boundary this brings new money into Norfolk. This new money adds to the total amount available in 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 will not made locally. The more decision making that can be made here in Norfolk, the greater the control over our own destiny.
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’s Covered Expenses).