The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is urging consumers to support small businesses in light of the ongoing horse meat scandal.
The FSB has relaunched its Keep Trade Local campaign to highlight the important role local high streets play in the community. It is hoped that the recent news stories about horse meat will encourage consumers to go back to their local butchers to buy meat.
Local butchers are less likely to be affected by the horse meat scandal as they are subject to tougher regulations, and often pride themselves on knowing the exact origin of their meat.
The FSB reports that the horse meat scandal has already drawn many customers back to their butchers, but the Keep Trade Local campaign urges shoppers to choose small local businesses more regularly.
In 2011 alone, 12,669 independent businesses closed down. Numbers of butchers in the UK have fallen by approximately 15,000 since the mid 1980s.
John Walker, National Chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses, said: “It isn’t surprising that some local butchers have seen an increase in sales during the current scandal. We hope that this has a positive effect on the other independent retailers on the high street so that the greengrocer and baker also benefits.”
“Shopping locally not only supports the shops on the high street, but the farmer or manufacturer down the road too and it puts the money spent back into the local economy. It has an important social function too being the focal point of the community.”
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