We’ve had word from a member about an exciting new campaign for Burntisland (and beyond). Totally Locally is a social enterprise that encourages shoppers to use their High Street and ultimately give the whole town a boost. It’s based on the theory that if a town thrives, we all thrive. See their website here.
Here’s what they say:
There’s a bit of maths that says if you spend £10 in a local shop that sells stuff from local producers the amount of money that goes back into economy can be over £50!
Well if you imagine that when you buy a locally-made pie from a local shop, a big part of your money is passed on to the local piemaker. The shop employs a local accountant or even a decorator. In turn the piemaker who sources his meat from a local farm spends a big percentage of his money with the farmer. The farmer then spends some of his money at his local garage, the garage owner etc. etc.
With each step, around 80% of each spend goes into the local economy. So in effect the money that stays within the local economy gets more & more.
Independent businesses are far more likely to use other local firms than any of the big national giants would — it’s what makes them tick and they know the true value of keeping it “Totally Locally”. It’s also a lot easier!
The more everyone spends within our area, the stronger our economy grows, which means more jobs, better facilities, a vibrant town centre and a nicer place for us all to live.
If you would like a visual aid, here‘s their short film illustrating the way a ten pound note flows around a local community like a beautiful river made of money. It’s better than it going up the Amazon (och! pun!).
If you are interested in knowing more, please come along to the free meeting being held at Burntisland Sands Hotel this Thursday, 9th January, at 6:30pm (click here for directions).
Jinti says: “We would like as many independent businesses as possible to come along, all are welcome, the more and diverse, the merrier. It costs nothing except time.”