Christmas may be over but the need to Shop Local is not, especially in the face of BREXIT, with extra charges appearing on orders from our nearest neighbour its time to look even closer to home for your shopping needs. Take a look at our Members Listings for some inspiration and you wish to be featured on this page please submit the form here.
Every €10 spent locally on Irish products generates more than €40 of benefit to the local community in terms of employment. The retail sector employs more people than any other sector in the Irish economy. SMEs are currently under significant pressure; with COVID-19, rising insurance costs and Brexit - it’s more important than ever to shop local.
Since COVID-19, research conducted by IE Domain Registry in partnership with Digital Business Ireland has shown that Irish consumers estimate that they have done most of their online shopping with Irish SMEs (53%) versus international retailers (47%). These figures were the opposite before the coronavirus crisis (52% international compared to 48% Irish). So, let's keep this trend going and increase domestic online shopping even more!
Remember - Local shops use local services, accountants, insurance brokers, and suppliers. As well as employing local people your SMEs also carry a higher percentage of locally produced goods. Buying Irish made goods and services adds to quality, traceability, and value-for-money.
See below Member Listing, Special Offers and download and share the campaign poster to spread the importance of Shopping Local.
A message from the ISME CEO