Buying local represents an investment in the community, whether it one in which you reside on a full-time basis, or supporting the economy of your favorite getaway destination. Wherever you may find yourself, an effort to seek out local business for your scaffolding rental needs sustains more than individual communities. It supports the world.
Why Not to Buy Nationally or Multinationally– Publicly traded companies answer only to shareholders
- Decisions in large organizations rely on profit margin
- Materials are sourced from the cheapest available globally
- Contractor anonymity clouds future maintenance
When shopping locally, especially for scaffolding rental or other heavy equipment, you can be sure the client occupies our highest interest, not a stock quote in a server room half a world away. Likewise, local decision-making doesn’t need to rely as heavily on the bottom line, and can be flexible, when it comes to making an investment in the community it supports.
Local businesses select and purchase materials from other local or nearby businesses, and develop relationships over long periods of time, ensuring quality in your scaffolding rental from the molecular level on up. An especially important piece of the buying local puzzle comes after the project. Utilizing local vendors builds an equity and trust that cannot be cultivated from an outside company with no interest in the community for which it provides.
The Impact of National Chain Stores
Denying local commerce has disastrous consequences. We’ve all heard the stories in the states of how Walmart does business. They set up a store in a small sized town and drive the local business owners out by offering customers considerably lower prices. While they do bring jobs with them, they are entry level salaries with very few full time jobs. Once the local shop owners are gone then the Walmart store closes forcing residents to travel to a nearby town to do their shopping, and it leaves hundreds out of work. Here is a look at how that works.
While Walmart itself isn’t part of the Leeds business community, Asda is. Huge national chains have their place but they shouldn’t replace local businesses. The local builder, shop owner and hair salon are all a part of the local economy and the money they make stays right here in Leeds rather than lining the pockets of rich London business owners.
The small markets that bind us together in humanity are among the greatest gifts in life. Shop locally. Meet a shopowner. Frequent a new store. Find the neighbor you never knew you had. Even if it costs a few pence more.