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Supporting Your Local Community

Networking is all about supporting each other and this month we are mainly focusing on getting outdoors – so where’s the link? It’s simple really, whilst you are out and about, taking time out for you, walking the dog, geocaching or just out with the family – I want to ask you a favour!

There are so many small businesses out there who rely on us to walk through their doors, so do it! Take a look at your local butcher next time you are having a barbeque. I recently bought meat for 36 from our local butcher Garbett Butchers (www.garbettbutchers.co.uk) it is all locally produced and the burgers were steak burgers, the sausages were all gluten free, there were marinated pork steaks and chicken kebabs, plus all the bacon and sausages for breakfast – a fabulous feast! Cost from Garbett £119, from Sainsburys £175 – so not only did it save us £56, we supported a local business and had top quality food!

Whilst you are out and about enjoying some you time why not pop into the local coffee shop or ice cream parlour? Maybe buy some sweets for your walk from the old fashioned sweet shop. If every adult in the UK spent £5 per week in their local shops instead of online or at the big supermarkets, it would be worth £13.5 billion (figures from www.totallylocally.org)

Most people reading this will be small business owners, so as part of your networking I am asking you if you could just take a look at the other small businesses and shops around you and spend £5 of your money each week with them – together we can make a massive difference!