'Small Business Saturday' should become 'Small Business Everyday'.
'Think Irish - Buy Local'
Supporting the 'home team' a winning choice all year round.
45 cents in every euro spent reinvested locally by local business.
ISME, the Irish Small and Medium Enterprises Association, called on consumers to use their purchasing power to support SMEs, particularly during the busy Christmas spending season. The Association drew attention to the many benefits to the economy of shopping locally and purchasing quality Irish goods, including boosting jobs and ensuring that money spent in the local economy continues to circulate there.
According to ISME Chief Executive, Mark Fielding, "Consumers need to be encouraged to shop locally, buying quality Irish products and supporting local jobs and small businesses. It is in everyone's best interests to protect the fledgling recovery and to ensure that money stays circulating within the community".
"The past few years have been a particularly difficult time for small businesses but they have survived and deserve to be supported, as they provide vital services to their communities. Much is being made of the idea of a 'Small business Saturday' but this implies that shopping locally is a novel act to be done once annually. Supporting small businesses should be a cultural norm for consumers all year round."
Shoppers should remember that:
Every €10 spent locally on Irish products generates €24 of benefit to the local community.
45 cents of every Euro spent is reinvested locally in comparison to only 15 cents for the foreign multiples.
"While Irish retailers, producers and suppliers work to maintain and create Irish jobs, it is vital that we support them. By buying quality Irish we secure Irish jobs. We in ISME ask shoppers to 'think Irish - buy local', not just for the festive season but all year round", concluded Fielding.