- Supporting our Local Shops and Businesses

Use them or Loose them
Why we all need to Support Our Local Businesses
It is always important to support your local businesses, but it has never been more important than during these difficult economic times.
Some areas, including Bristol, have actually created their own local currency to help safeguard local independent retailers!
They have more than 300 retailers signed up to this scheme making the Bristol pound the largest local currency in the UK.
This is a great idea as the more money you keep in your local area the better it is for everyone. Whilst the idea of the "Potters Bar Pound" or the "Cuffley Cent" sounds fun, lets think about some easier and more immediate ways in which we can help support our local businesses.
Buy Locally
Many of us now do our shopping on-line. There are several reasons for this: Its more convenient, there is normally more choice on line than the local stores may offer, and its quicker.

Of course its unlikely that everyone will stop buying on-line completely, but lets all try to find as much as possible in the local shops. If you havent been in them for a while you will probably be surprised at what they have on offer.

Why not set a goal of buying all your Christmas presents from shops in the local area?
Avoid Large Franchise Businesses
Buying from locally owned business normally means the money you spend ripples through to other local businesses.
This is not the case with the big organisations or franchise businesses.
For example, if you go out to dinner at a local restaurant (as opposed to a franchise/chain) it is likely that much of what that the local restaurant purchases for their business will be from other local businesses.
Franchises most often get their supplies from a central source which is not local.
Become a Supporter for Local Businesses
Word of mouth is one of the most successful ways to spread the word. If you have used a local product, business or restaurant and you want to recommend them, then tell everyone. If you have received great customer service then let your friends, colleagues and neighbours know about it. This is so much easier now with social media tools such as facebook and twitter
Your Business Can Support Local Business
Do you run your own business? If so you are in a great position to support others in your area.
Wherever possible, buy all your supplies locally and when you need extra staff, contractors etc try and use local resources wherever possible.
We have been running the Potters Bar Eye since April 2006 and it never ceases to amaze me how many great local businesses there are right here, in front of us! When we have so many talented individuals, skilled tradesmen and fantastic businesses right in our midst - there really is no need to go elsewhere!
Its not easy, but if we can all try to do at least one of the above it would make a difference.

We need to remember that our local businesses are the life of our community and the stronger our local businesses, the stronger our community will be.


- The Plight of the Honey Bee

Sadly Beekeeping in this country is on the decline. Each year we have fewer and fewer Beekeepers carrying on with this worthwhile ancient craft. The decline started some 15 years ago in 1992 with the parasitic mite, Varroa destructor arriving in the UK from across the Channel.


- Visit Istria Croatia for a fantastic holiday

Apartments for rent in Istria, Croatia

Sometimes called ‘Little Tuscany’, Istria is the heart-shaped 3600-sq-km peninsula just south of Trieste, Italy.

The peninsula offers stark contrasts: the interior is unspoiled and mountainous, with picturesque medieval walled towns such as Motovun atop hills surrounded by deep valleys, lush fields, vineyards and olive groves

The rugged coastline varies from high cliffs and caves to pebble beaches and is dotted with historic towns and fishing villages.

In bustling Porec you will find the Euphrasian Basilica, a World Heritage Site. Down the coast is Rovinj, with its narrow medieval streets and stunning Church of St. Euphemia. Both towns have working harbours, shops, bars and restaurants. Then on to Pula, the regional centre, with a wealth of Roman ruins to explore. The highlight is a remarkably well preserved Roman amphitheatre, the 6th largest in the world, that dominates the town centre and often hosts concerts and shows. At the tip is Premantura and the Kamenjak, a protected landscape with stunning coastline, bays and unique flora. Head up the east coast to Rijeka and you can catch a ferry to Krk, Cres and Rab – islands circled by white sand beaches and hideaway coves.

So, if you would like to be bathed in Mediterranean sunshine by the clear blue water of the Adriatic, enjoy fantastic seafood with a glass of local Malvazija wine, go hiking or cycling, windsurfing or scuba diving, why not come to Istria? You’ll be glad you did!


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