WHY BUY LOCAL – PANDEMIC STORIES
“Covid has hit our High Streets and local, independent businesses incredibly hard over the past year. That’s why, if we are to ‘Build Back Better’ and ensure we have a strong Norfolk economy with thriving towns and vibrant villages, we must do all we can to shop locally and support our local entrepreneurs. If we don’t ‘use them’ now, we will inevitably ‘lose them’ – potentially forever.” ~George Freeman MP for Mid Norfolk
Norfolk’s independent businesses are the backbone of our local economy but to say they have been severely impacted by the pandemic is an understatement, and put simply, George’s words are not to be taken lightly.
Buy Local Norfolk is a social enterprise all about keeping the county’s wealth within the local community and ensuring Norfolk thrives. An independent business controls its own spending power and the more local a company is, the more likely they are to spend their operational costs and also their profit locally. This reinvestment in other local businesses and projects keeps our towns and villages robust and distinctive, creates greater buying choice, and produces more local job opportunities.
“Local businesses are at the heart of our economy with independent businesses providing great products and services. Shopping local allows more jobs and opportunities in Norfolk as well as greater choice and more sustainable communities. The pandemic has highlighted the importance of local produce and supply chains so continuing to support them is vital as we start to rebuild our local economy.” ~James Wild MP for North West Norfolk
If that isn’t enough reason, buying local also positively impacts the environment, by reducing your carbon footprint, removing the need to travel long distances for supplies and deliveries and making walking or cycling an option. Buying fresh local produce helps preserve small farms and green space. Independent businesses also tend to make decisions which benefit the local community and often build this into their brand offering. One example of this is eco friendly packaging, such as reusable containers.
It’s not just our local independents’ green credentials that shine through either, they also excel at keeping their customers happy too, often taking more time to get to know their clientele and going the extra mile to get things done!
“Norfolk produces the best food. By buying local you get it at its freshest, providing the best taste and the most nutrition. By reducing food miles you will also be supporting local businesses and communities to flourish, benefitting us all. “Buying local keeps our highstreets alive and recycles your money within our local community, putting it to work to support economic growth and prosperity here in Norfolk. You get better customer service and more responsive after sales care thrown in for free.” ~Jerome Mayhew MP for Broadland
We are so proud of the way our member businesses have risen to the challenges of the last year, not only continuing to adapt and run their own businesses but by finding the time and a multitude of ways to support their local community as well. Here are some of their stories: