4 Reasons to Buy British
With the interconnected nature of today’s global marketplace and the availability of cheap labour and resources in other parts of the world, it can be tempting for businesses to reduce their expenses by importing manufactured goods abroad. Although this approach may seem sensible in the short term, it’s unsustainable in the long run.
Here are four reasons why you should buck the trend for your business by buying British and contributing to a thriving domestic economy for now and tomorrow.
The recent economic recession affected all parts of the UK, though some industries and locations were harder hit than others. By buying British, you’ll be pouring money back into the local marketplace and boosting the national GDP in the process. What’s more, if you opt to deal with independent retailers as opposed to large multinational chains, you’ll ensure that over 50% more of your money stays within the community, giving it less chance of migrating overseas.
Globalisation may have brought us closer together as a planet, but it’s also encouraged a disturbing ethos of companies producing below-par quality goods in as short a time as possible. When you buy British, you know that time, care and effort has gone into the manufacture of your goods, with approved quality marks a good indicator of the craftsmanship and quality of any products. The same can’t always be said of the cut-price factor on the other side of the globe.
Similarly, overseas workshops are not always renowned for their human rights policies or tolerable working conditions. In the UK, it’s a basic expectation (as well as a legal requirement) that all workplaces pay their employees a minimum wage and ensure their working environment is safe and clean. Buying locally shows your support for ethical production and takes away a small but vital part of the demand for sweatshops and other immoral places of labour elsewhere in the world.
Mass-produced commodities often come with a hefty enough carbon footprint even before they’ve left their country of origin. Factor in the flights, shipping and road delivery needed for them to arrive at your door and you’re left with a sizable damaging impact on the environment. Supporting British businesses by buying directly from them is a simultaneous show of support for Mother Nature. Although the effects of importing cheap goods overseas by not be felt today, they will be by future generations.
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