Thursday, 10 March 2011

Indie bound for glory

Britain's independent bookshops are fighting back, using the "indie bound" model imported from the USA to promote the value of supporting local bricks-and-mortar shops. Below are some of their arguments. Try them out - ask your local bookshop to put up a notice advertising a book group, then try a chain, then try Amazon...
•Based on US statistics, £100 spent at a local business means £68 of that stays in your community, as opposed to only £43 if spent at a national company •Local businesses create higher-paying jobs for our neighbours. •Buying local means less packaging, less transportation, and a smaller carbon footprint. •Shopping in a local business district helps create a healthy and vibrant high street. •Local retailers are your friends and neighbours—support them and they’ll support you. •More independents mean more choice, more diversity, and a truly unique community. •Local businesses donate to charities at more than twice the rate of national companies.

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