Takapuna, our beloved town centre filled with vibrancy, life and laughter, needs YOU to get through this COVID-19 situation. Our local businesses have been hit hard by having to close and change the way they operate. For many, this might be too much and we may lose some of our beloved businesses. If we want to keep Takapuna as the vibrant, fun place we all love – we need YOU to SHOP LOCAL and support our local businesses over the next while.
There are lots of benefits to YOU shopping local too!!
Here are 10 things that happen to TAKAPUNA when YOU shop local:
- You take advantage of great customer service and expertise
You are their friends and neighbours, and locally owned businesses have a vested interest in knowing how to serve you. They’re passionate about what they do. Why not take advantage of it?
- You create and stimulate “Community”
Local business owners know you, and you know them. Studies have shown that local businesses donate to community causes at more than twice the rate of international chains.
- Local businesses are more entrepreneurial
Creativity and entrepreneurship are what the New Zealand is founded upon. Nurturing local business ensures a strong community and keeps NZ as a pioneering country.
- You embrace what makes Takapuna unique
You wouldn’t want your house to look like everyone else’s in NZ, so why would you want your community to look that way? Supporting our local owned businesses helps to keep Takapuna town centre unique. Its keeps a wonderful shopping experience next to our beloved white sand beach.
- You create more choice of shops and services
Locally owned businesses pick the items and products they sell based on what they know you like and want. Local businesses carry a wider array of unique products because they buy for their own individual markets.
- Keep Takapuna a beloved destination for locals and visitors
The more interesting and unique your community is, the more we will attract new neighbours, visitors and guests. This benefits everyone!
- More of the money you spend stays in our community
Studies show* that for every $100 you spend at a locally owned businesses, $68 will stay in the community, compared to only $43 when you spend at a neighbouring centre/overseas owned business.
- Spending locally creates more jobs for you and your neighbours
Local businesses that are doing well create more jobs and higher-paying jobs for you and your neighbours. When you shop locally, you help create more jobs in retail, hospitality and personal services, as well as professional support jobs.
- Reduced environmental impact
Buying from a locally owned business conserves energy and resources in the form of less fuel for transportation and less packaging. – help reduce waste and climate change!
- Spending locally frees up Auckland Council/Govt spending to be spent on other things
Shopping in a local business district means less infrastructure, less maintenance, and more money available to beautify your community. Also, spending locally instead of online, ensures that your sales taxes are reinvested where they belong— in your community!
So come on, support local! Support what makes Takapuna what we all love and treasure.
*Sources: Civic Economics – Andersonville Study of Retail Economics.