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24th January 2018

Act Local: Support Independent Businesses

As part of our theme Think Global, Act Local, Get Equal we’ve highlighted the ways that large multi-national companies (like Mondelez, who own Cadbury) hide their money in tax havens to avoid paying their fair share.

But what’s the alternative? To support local, independent businesses!

There are many local businesses in Birmingham, including shops, cafes, restaurants and leisure activities. They’re sometimes hidden away, but worth seeking out. Buying local helps support the community and keep a unique local character to our high streets.

Supporting independent businesses also helps to circulate money around the local economy, rather than allowing it to be siphoned off to tax havens by large corporations.

Localise West Midlands have researched how having more small businesses and local ownership leads to more:

  • economic success
  • jobs
  • people feeling included
  • people taking part in local society
  • wellbeing
  • local distinctiveness

There is a virtuous circle, where people feel they are more part of the local society and economy, and so are keen to take part and help make things better.  Going local isn’t about being parochial, or saying ‘my city’s better than yours’.  It’s about getting the best from a community where people are living and working together.

If you’re not sure where to begin finding local businesses in Brum, Independent Birmingham have a handy website where you can search for independent cafes, shops, restaurants and more.  They also offer the Independent Birmingham card for £15 a year, which gets you special discounts at local shops.

So try going local today! And you’ve got any questions, pop into Peace Hub to find out more.

PS while you’re going local, don’t forget to keep the pressure on big corporations to pay their fair share too.

Photo: The Great Western Arcade, around the corner from Peace Hub, is home to a variety of independent shops.

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