Hey there, fellow supporter of all things local!
Small businesses are the backbone of our communities, and they deserve all the love and support we can give them. In fact according to gov.uk's recent data (2022):
The UK private sector comprises largely of non-employing businesses and small employers, as shown in Table A. SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) account for 99.9% of the business population.
So whether you're a coffee addict, a fashion enthusiast, or a foodie with a craving for unique flavours, we all have our favourite small businesses that make our lives better. In this blog post, we'll explore five simple yet impactful ways you can show your support. Let's dive in!
Spread the Word
One of the easiest and most effective ways to support small businesses is by spreading the word. Be their enthusiastic advocate! Whenever you have a great experience at a local establishment, share it with your friends, family, and even your social media followers.
Write positive reviews online, post mouth-watering food photos, or even recommend them in local community groups. Your genuine enthusiasm can go a long way in helping these businesses gain exposure and attract new customers.
This goes without saying in an article such as this but when you're on the hunt for that perfect gift or everyday essentials, make it a point to shop local.
Instead of heading straight to big-box stores or online marketplaces, explore the small businesses in your area. From charming boutiques to cozy bookstores, you'll find treasures you won't discover anywhere else. By choosing to spend your hard-earned money at local establishments, you're not only supporting the local economy but also encouraging the growth and uniqueness of your community.
Engage on Social Media
In today's digital age, social media is a powerful tool for connecting with small businesses. Follow your favourite local establishments on platforms like Instagram, Facebook, or Pinterest. Engage with their content by liking, commenting, and sharing their posts. Tag your friends or family who might be interested in what they have to offer.
By actively participating in their online presence, you're helping them increase their visibility and reach a broader audience.
Attend Events and Promotions
Small businesses often host exciting events, promotions, or pop-up shops to attract customers and create a buzz. Make an effort to attend these events and bring along friends or family to share the experience.
Whether it's a live music performance, a tasting session, or a special discount day, your presence and support can make a big difference. These events not only provide a great opportunity to connect with the local community but also allow you to discover new products, services, or even hidden talents within your neighbourhood.
Offer Feedback and Suggestions
Small business owners greatly value their customers' feedback. If you have a suggestion, idea, or even a concern, take the time to share it with them. Did you love their recent menu addition or think they should expand their product line? Speak up! Reach out to the business owner, drop them an email, or use their feedback channels (if available).
Your input can help them understand what their customers want, adapt to changing needs, and continuously improve their offerings. In fact at Diddles and Puds we have adapted numerous products or practices based upon important feedback that we received from customers. Constructive feedback can be genuinely helpful.
Supporting small businesses doesn't always require grand gestures or huge financial commitments. By spreading the word, shopping local, engaging on social media, attending events, and providing feedback, you can play a vital role in their success.
Remember, each pound spent or kind word you share can make a significant impact on the livelihoods of passionate entrepreneurs, artists, makers and the vibrancy of your community. So, let's join forces and give our small businesses the love they deserve!
By the way, you. may have noticed that in this article we supported 5 local businesses near us. Go ahead and give them a little support by clicking the links and seeing what they are all about!