I just found out recently a staggering fact - when you shop local - for every £1 spent, 50p-70p is likely to remain in the local economy. What with the employees wages, local suppliers and owners more likely to be living locally and re-spending the profits in the economy, it highlights how important it is to support your local shops and businesses where possible.
Independent Retailer Month is an American import and is not widely known about here but we do have lots of other organisations working to help support Indies.
We work with a large number of local and independent suppliers who make some gorgeous, unusual and amazing products and its their creativity that makes our high streets so wonderful. For example we love Ilona Drew's and Clare Harms' Brighton souvenirs, Claudia Thomas' and The Midnight Deer's jewellery and Seven Seventeen's scented candles. Further afield we have stocked Jessica Russell Flint since we opened who makes the most beauitiful silk eye masks from her glorious artwork and Sophie Home who's knitted cotton cushions and throws are super soft and uber colourful. For colourful leather, Ark Design from Scotland makes the most fun accessories and Nicola Rowlands has a fun sense of humour in her cards and mugs.
The JUST A CARD campaign aims to encourage people to buy from Designer/Makers and Independent Galleries and Shops by reinforcing the message that all purchases, however small, even 'just a card' are so vital to the prosperity and survival of small businesses. Follow them on Instagram.
Small Biz Saturday is a grassroots campaign to highlight small business success and encourage consumers to shop local. The culmintion of the year is Small Biz Saturday on the first Saturday in December this year it will be the 7th December. We were picked last year to be part of the Small Biz 100 - and had the pleasure of an afternoon tea at the House of Lords to celebrate!
More locally we work with the North Laine Traders and have for the past few years been instrumental in organising our amazing late night Christmas shopping evenings alonng with various trails throughout the year to encourage our customers to visit more of the neigbouring shops. The next one coming soon will be all about locally made products stocked in the North Laine. Make sure you're following the Instagram or Facebook pages so you don't miss out.
We hope you pledge to support your local community of shops where possible and don't forget we also sell online, offering a gifting service, fast delivery and a hand wrapped service so if its convenience you need you need look no further! Happy Shopping and Long Live our Indies!