Up to 70 pence spent in local shops this Christmas will recirculate back into the
Western Isles’ economy.
A study for the retail industry shows for every £1 spent locally, around 50p-70p
of that money stays there. For the same amount spent off the island only 5p trickles
back to the local community.
The results from the research conducted for the Federation of Small Businesses are
compelling - sufficient to convince most people that when they shop locally, they
are genuinely having a positive impact on the community.
Christmas spending - be that on gift and food shopping, partying or pampering with
local, island-based independent businesses - guarantees customers a more unique experience.
If you are looking for a bit of indulgence at this celebratory time of year, wanting
to find unusual gifts, unique outfits, delicious treats, and enjoy special occasions,
then explore the wide range of offerings from numerous small shops and local traders
across the Western Isles
Indeed, this is the perfect opportunity to give island grown businesses a real boost
For many, about a third of their annual sales are achieved in the six weeks before
Christmas so an incremental increase during the peak period could make a significant
difference to them.