- Those who want the local economy to thrive
- Those who want local people to have good employment prospects and fair working conditions and wages
- Those who want to know more about the origins and quality of the things they buy
- Those who want to see local farmers, food producers and craftspeople being paid a fair price for the goods they produce
- Those who want a better choice in the goods available to buy, by asking shopkeepers to stock specific items
In a nutshell – people like you!
Try to think about it as an investment. A strong local economy means there is more money available for employing local people. If you found yourself in the upsetting position of losing your job, a strong local economy makes it more likely that you would find a new job more easily.
Ask yourself the question: can I afford to spend an extra couple of pence on some of the goods I buy regularly, in order to help local traders stay in business, or would I prefer to save that extra couple of pennies so that a faceless supermarket shareholder in another country can get richer?
- signpost you to potential funding pots,
- put you in touch with like-minded people in your area who you could benefit from working with,
- show you examples of best practice in other areas,
- direct you to relevant training opportunities,
- talk you through the various toolkits available on this site
Each idea is going to be unique to your area so we are here to listen to what you have to say, and then try and give you as much support and guidance in order to make your ideas a reality.
Other ‘buy local’ schemes in other parts of the UK use incentives such as reward cards and local currencies as an incentive to shop local. Is this sort of incentive going to happen in Gwynedd?
Branches of the big chain stores employ local people too – it’s not just small local independent businesses that provide employment. Doesn’t the money stay local either way?
Gwynedd Council is supporting the project from its inception, and is confident that the business sector will carry on the scheme’s work in future.