Christmas is fast approaching. The UK is in turmoil over Brexit negotiations and the state of our future is currently unknown. However, something we do know is how we can easily improve our economy in the UK. In this blog I share with you 5 ways to do good this Christmas.
Small Business Statistics
According to 2017 statistics from parliament there are 5.7 MILLION small businesses in the UK. Of the 5.7 million small businesses, 4.3 million are run by one person. From those 4.3 million businesses 8 out of 10 won’t survive the first 18 months.
What Does This Mean & Why Should You Care?
So, a large percentage of these 5.7 million businesses are small creatives. Creatives who provide unique services/products that require a lot of skill and time to create. Supporting them subsequently benefits the economy. There is research that suggests over 50% of people will have a second job or run a small business in the near future. Not just to create additional income but, most importantly, to reduce stress and provide a creative outlet outside of the monotony of conventional work. As a result, improving general mental health and wellbeing.
It’s taking a long time for the job market to adapt and improve workplace happiness. The kind of happiness running small creative businesses provides people with. Small businesses often buy local as well. Subsequently supporting all kinds of local producers. In other words, it’s vital that small businesses receive this kind of support if they’re going to survive alongside large corporations.
5 Fantastic Small Businesses To Support This Christmas
Now you know more and hopefully care about supporting independent businesses. You’re asking yourself “where do I start?”. Well, as if by magic, I’m here with my top 5 favourite independent businesses. It doesn’t matter if you celebrate Christmas, December is still the festive season of giving. The season of sharing, caring and disconnecting from work to be with family and friends.
If you’re buying a gift for yourself, a friend or a family member. A pet, a stranger or a crush. Here are some fantastic places to start:
Created by Lucy Dolan, a Prince’s Trust supported business like myself, ZigZag offers premium whole leaf teas which are blended locally by-hand with natural ingredients for a full and rich taste. These will certainly keep you warm this winter in addition to being a nice gift for your taste buds.
Katie started her entrepreneurial journey soon after I did. However, with an entirely different business. She produces items with interesting prints and personalised animal portraits. More importantly Katie is lovely and gives great customer service. Katezart is certainly a destination to buy all kinds of hand made goodies.
Our Handmade Collective
A business I discovered after moving to Leeds. This place stocks an array of unique treasures from Christmas decorations to jewellery. At the time of writing this they stock amazing coasters (my personal favourite). All sourced from independent suppliers.
Wacka Espresso is a lovely cafe located in Wimbledon. Founded by a really nice guy called Miles. I first met Miles at the Greenwich Wintertime Festival and we stayed in touch after that. At the time he owned a mobile cafe called The Wacka Wagon. We were both working at a Christmas festival in Greenwich. Miles made the cold days performing magic easier with his hot coffee and food. If you ever visit Wimbledon pop in for a drink and bite to eat. You can also support him by purchasing coffee directly from his website.
Looking for something stronger than coffee? Then let me introduce you to Belgrove Rum. Created by Edmund Wood, who quit his job so he could create a special drinks that brings people together. In short, he’s accomplished just that with his all natural hazelnut rum. Why not pick up a bottle, or two for the family gathering.
Of course, you can make a purchase from Scott Perry Magic, too. If you fancy something magical to impress your friends and family with.
November 19th, 2018