Shop Local movement
There’s currently a scheme running called Totally Locally, which is encouraging us all to shop with our local, independent businesses.
Solway Communications support this scheme because there are lots of things that are better delivered locally – including internet – which can be every bit as good value as when delivered on a national basis.
Does it taste as good as it looks?
If you look at it in retail terms, supermarkets obtain their products internationally and that’s how they keep their amazingly wide offers and relatively low prices. It’s a wonderful achievement, but it has hidden costs.
We don’t realise that the supposedly fresh salad in that bag has actually been sitting inside an atmosphere of nitrogen in a room just above freezing, sometimes for months. And while it still looks lovely and crisp, it’s much less nutritious than the bag of salad sitting on the greengrocers shelf, which may look worse, but has only been there a few days at most.
Of course when it comes to trade if we only did it locally, we’d all be immensely poorer, because obviously it’s hard to compete with somewhere like France for wine (just as they would struggle to better a Cumberland sausage.)
So it isn’t all about local trading, but instead it’s about local delivery of services, even if they are not necessarily obtained locally
For example you might think that banking is an international business, and so it is, but probably one of the best banks around is Handlesbanken. It’s a really first class, Swedish outfit with offices across the world – including Carlisle.
What makes Handlesbanken unique is that instead of delivering excellent business banking service out of Stockholm, it instead lets the lending decisions rest in the hands of the local manager. And as a result it has an extraordinarily low default rate – much lower than the more complicated and controlled systems of other, better known banks.
So when you say Totally Locally it’s really a matter of a local outlook. Not everything can be local, but a lot of things which can’t be – like money, or connectivity – can be be delivered locally, and meet local needs much more precisely and better than the economies-of-scale jockeys.”
Of course if you’d like to learn more about how to get your internet delivered locally, feel free to feel free to give James or Linda a call on 01228 217171 or email me.
Fruit & Veg box provider in Carlisle www.countrystylefruitandveg.co.uk
Handlesbankenin Carlisle www.handelsbanken.co.uk