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Shop local this Christmas

Francesca Wakefield

December 25, 2013

About a year ago I was sat in a well-known London eatery with my boyfriend and a friend. We happened to get onto the subject of shopping locally and I was generally regaling him with the virtues of small business when it gradually dawned on me that he was not entirely of the same opinion. Big shops are more convenient, he said, have the things I want and are open when I want them. His message was that small businesses should either adapt or, well, perish. Sad times for a sector which employs over 24 million people – over a third of the UK’s population and nearly two thirds of private sector employment – and accounts for 99.9% of all UK private sector businesses.

Now, lets get one thing straight: I’m not against big business on principal, it’s just that I’m passionately for small business. And I want to convince you to be as well...

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