#StationeryShopSaturday – Keep It Local

What else can a body do on a Saturday? Shop for stationery of course!

Day 6 of National Stationery Week and we are delighted to celebrate all things that involve your local stationery shops. This year we have teamed up with the Keep It Local campaign to promote our amazing local stationery retailers.

The keep it local campaign is close to our heart as when National Stationery Day started all those years ago, it was the support of local stationery shop keepers who got behind the campaign that helped turned the day into a week long campaign.

Here are some of the reasons why you should Keep It Local

10 REASONS TO KEEP IT LOCAL

  1. LOCAL ECONOMY

Local spend boosts the local economy, creates local jobs and generates local wealth. Fact.

  1. LOCAL ENVIRONMENT

Quite simply, less packaging, less travelling, less fuel = Less carbon emissions and a healthier environment. Who doesn’t want that?

  1. LOCAL COMMUNITY

Local businesses support local events, charities, sports clubs, school events, libraries, amenities…If our local businesses thrive, so do our communities. We are all in this together.

  1. SUPPORT YOUR NEIGHBOUR

Buying local not only boosts the economy, but it also helps local people to pay their bills and feed their families; be it the local butcher, hairdresser, jeweller, stationer…as opposed to fattening the wallets of large far away corporations. If the pandemic has taught us anything, it is the need to support each other.

  1. PERSONALITY & CHARACTER

Local businesses tend to be run by local people, not corporate boards, uninterested shareholders or algorithms. Meet real people, face-to-face, that care about your local area. Also great for your personal mental well-being.

  1. NETWORKING

Build relationships with other local businesses and individuals, creating partnerships with mutual benefits and support. Who knows, your local contact might just be able to provide your son or daughter with their first work experience or next career path!

  1. QUALITY

Know what you are buying when you shop locally. Local businesses are less likely to offer poor quality goods as they know they deal face-to face with customers unlike large online corporations. You know where they are if you do need to complain!

  1. WIDER CHOICE

Though large retailers and big-box companies offer a wide selection; the variety is decided by small groups of corporate buyers. Real choice comes from dozens of independent businesses tailoring their goods and services to their unique community needs. Buying local and supporting local, keeps these options viable.

  1. LOCAL TAXES

You can rest-assured that your local independent business will be paying their fair share of corporation tax, rent, council tax, income tax and national insurance, contributing to the wealth of our nation. Not everyone can say that.

  1. FEEL GOOD FACTOR

We all know it is best to buy local, yet sometimes the temptation to just go online or open the App of a global company with super-fast delivery is just too tempting, despite the extra cost to the environment, the additional packaging, the transportation, the damage to our local community…Taking that time to stop, re-consider and Keep It Local will give you a much warmer and more satisfying experience.

One of our champions for many years is our friend Sarah from Stationery Supplies of  Marple when asked about National Stationery Week, Sarah Said;

“National Stationery Week is the perfect time for independent stationery retailers to shout about their love of stationery and how amazing their shops are! With a hashtag for every day of the week it couldn’t be easier to join in especially when we have our very own day #StationeryShopSaturday.”

PLEASE shop local not only today, every day if you can. Check out www.keep-it-local.co.uk

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