IN BUSINESS, SMALL IS BEAUTIFUL
To be honest with you, the word ‘business’ conjures up a sense of boredom – even in me, and it is the world I have chosen to inhabit!
Here’s the thing though, in order to keep the wheels of our communities turning smoothly, we need some means of earning a shillin’ and somewhere to spend it so, apart from buying nice stuff (and I’m really good at that, ask my poor husband!) we can help sustain the economy.
Now, local communities have relatively few independent businesses left, and our keen eye for a bargain often lures us to out of town malls or on-line to shop. OK, there is certainly a place for these, but independent businesses can also offer something of great value, and will be allowed to fade away at our peril. They needn’t even be the main source for our spending, just a sensible proportion of it.
Let me explain my support for small businesses . All over the UK, there are communities like ours which are watching their high streets turn into homogenous replicas of each other. Not only is this a real shame, robbing smaller towns and cities of their individuality, but it will deprive small towns of a generation of entrepreneurs and their workforces.
If we become communities which can only access jobs provided by big companies, what happens when future recessions hit, as they undoubtedly will from time to time? Will all our young folk ‘get on their bikes’ and ride off into the sunset?
I have mentioned before the proliferation of very small businesses which survived and thrived during the last economic slump. In my view, we need to cherish them and their like so we have the creativeness and abilities within our community that we shall need in the future.
I would suggest that we all make an effort this year to keep using our local independent businesses. Let them know we want them to stick around for us and for the good of our young generation to ensure that they too can live and work and have their being right here. That way we are less likely to turn into an area of retirees, with too few younger, vibrant people who can afford to live in the area and keep it vital and relevant.