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Friday, May 10, 2013
Group promotes the benefits of shopping locally
To mark the start of Local Business Week next Monday, a call from organisers and the Federation of Small Businesses has gone out for every UK shopper to think local for a week, and 'take the pledge' at www.localbusinessweek.co.uk/pledge to buy three things from their nearest high street or local shop.
Life for small businesses has never been tougher, and Local Business Week, now in its 9th year, is gearing up to provide support for the country's millions of local shopkeepers, hairdressers, butchers, bakers, builders and countless other small firms battling to find customers in the digital era.
The week is exploring many subjects including how small business owners can market themselves - and through our website, business owners can request free marketing advice exclusively from thomsonlocal.
Businesses can also download posters to print or use on their social media channels, while other resources include guides looking at saving money and avoiding stress.
It comes as the FSB re-launches its campaign, Keep Trade Local, asking shoppers to stay loyal to the high street. But how are our small company owners doing, and what can they expect in the next 12 months?
According to the FSB, against the gloomy economic backdrop, the outlook seems positive yet challenging with their research revealing how aspirations remain high but confidence levels have plummeted, fed by the continued decline of the high street and issues such as planning and parking.
Locally, Keep Llangollen Special has a regular series of Buy Local days when residents are actively encouraged to do their shopping in town rather than journeying elsewhere.