Buying Local intiative

Buying Local intiative

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Local initiative which supports the wider “Buy Local” campaign

We have recently created a new online directory for Earlsfield in Wandsworth, called Earlsfield Local  with the purpose of  encouraging the local residents to support the  local businesses and help to strengthen their  community by buying local products and services.

When people buy from local businesses they make a significant contribution to the local economy.  More jobs will be created locally, the community will prosper, and people will be more connected than ever to their own area.

When people buy a product from a local shop or use a local service business, they not only support the local economy, but they also support their neighbours.  How? They get to meet the local business owners, they help them and their businesses to survive,  they help to feed their families, pay their bills and put a roof over their head.

The Earlsfield Local Business Directory is meant to be a hub of information about and for the local area, as it  contains not only information about local businesses but also local news, events and resources which hopefully will raise Earlsfield’s profile as a desirable place to live, work and socialise. Located in a quiet corner of Wandsworth, Earlsfield was overlooked for many years in favour of its more celebrated neighbours, Wimbledon, Tooting and Clapham. However, Earlsfield has been catching up over the past few years and is now perceived to be a vibrant and trendy place.

The directory allows people to search for local businesses, submit their own business listing, communicate with other businesses by sending them messages and comments, rate businesses and share information about the local area.

The directory is open to all the local businesses irrespective of type and size. However, micro business entities such as independent traders, freelancers and start ups are particularly encouraged to join especially if they do not appear on Google maps nor have a website to promote themselves. They need the most help to get their businesses established locally and increase their profile.

ALL LISTINGS ARE CHECKED AND VALIDATED THAT THEY ARE GENUINE LOCAL BUSINESSES!

The main feature of the directory is that all of the businesses listed in it are genuinely local, as they are vetted by the admin to ensure that they are registered and operate in the local area. Therefore, buying from the businesses in the directory truly helps the local economy flourish.

Another useful feature is that there are no arbitrary adverts being displayed, nor are there any annoying pop ups jumping all over the place. The directory has been designed to be user friendly, easy to navigate and aesthetically pleasing.

ALL REGISTRATIONS ARE FREE!

Standard registration for the directory is free for all but there are also a few options for premium listings for a small charge.

In conclusion, all local people are encouraged to use the directory either for local searches or to advertise their businesses to support the local economy and strengthen their local community!

The directory is also twinned with a local Facebook Group called Earlsfield Local  which enables the local residents to share information about various aspects of local life such as  changes to the high street, development proposals, local events, new businesses, charity fundraising efforts, lost and found property, missing pets etc.

by 17 Jul 2020
SOUTH WEST LONDON ENTREPRENEURS – New Facebook Group

SOUTH WEST LONDON ENTREPRENEURS – New Facebook Group

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We are excited to introduce the new SOUTH WEST LONDON ENTREPRENEURS Facebook Group. 

facebook.com/groups/swleg

This is a closed group for all the local small businesses, entrepreneurs, freelancers and self-employed people who work in one of London’s SW postcodes. Please refer to the map if you are in doubt as to which postcodes are included.

Please join us if you have any local business interest. You can apply if you or your business is registered in one of the SW London postcodes. You can also join the group if you carry out most of your business activity in at least one of the SW postcodes, even if you are registered elsewhere.

The purpose of this group is to create a dynamic online business community for SHARING LOCAL INFORMATION AND NEWS which will benefit all members.
It can also be used as a platform to PROMOTE YOUR OWN SERVICES and SPECIAL OFFERS, or share with the group’s members other business services and special offers that might be of interest to everyone.
The only caveat is that you should be sensible and not flood the daily conversations with your own promotions.

 

SOUTH WEST LONDON ENTREPRENEURS LEAD THE WAY IN BLOOMING BUSINESS SCENE

Why is it a good idea to open up a business in one of London’s SW postcodes?

Well, it seems that South West London combines the best of both the South and the West of London. 
And here it is why.

West London boasts the second largest number of micro-businesses within the whole of London (NOMIS figures), and has long since been favoured by entrepreneurs working within the creative, media and tech sectors (where names such as Graze, notonthehighstreet.com and Brompton Bikes are to be found).

There’s also a great pool of talent to be found in west London, with 48.9% of the population holding NVQ Level 4 and above, and where average weekly earnings come in at a reasonable £569 (StartUps.co.uk 2014). Finally the survival rates for businesses in this area far outstrips the standard, with 59.6% of businesses reaching their fifth year (StartUps.co.uk 2014).

Equally south London is known as the Silicon Valley of the UK, with a 23% growth rate for such businesses since 2011 (Source: Croydon Council), this compares to the Capital’s rate of 17.1%, and the national average of just 11.3%. These rates then translate into an impressive 25 new start-us for every square kilometre (StartUps.co.uk 2014).

This is then coupled with some serious networking opportunities, with events and group meetings as well as access to plenty of co-working offices such as Lombard House and Capital Business Centre, and workshop space within the Rainbow Industrial Estate.

Finally… the future is bright for business survival in the South West of London.

The south west region is home to the best five year survival rate (with 45.5% of businesses surviving), this compares to the city of London, where only 37.5% of business survive (which is actually the lowest rate in all of the UK! [The Guardian 2014]).

So don’t let anything hold you back from STARTING UP ON YOUR OWN!

We are looking forward to welcoming you as a new member!

South West London postcodes map

by 9 Nov 2017
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