Local is lovely, or at least that is the current feeling in business circles, as consumers increasingly want to know where the produce and raw materials for manufactured goods come from. The closer, the better, and the more localized the produce, the fewer air miles that would’ve been used to bring the specific product to you. This is what the modern consumer wants to know and be aware of to ensure that their impact on the environment is lessened and can support their own local economy.
Progressively, more consumers are concerned with where their products are made, how far the products are shipped, how they are shipped, how far the customers have to travel to get them, and this all adds up to what kind of carbon footprint they are leaving. Companies that can meet the needs of local customers through local connections with those customers are doing their best to meet these needs and improve their bottom line in the process. Global changes have caused significant changes at the local level, and as more people are moving out of big cities for smaller towns and villages, the connection with locals becomes even more important. Local businesses are booming, and with them, an entire range of ancillary and associated businesses.
Examples of the fastest-growing localized business
A plethora of businesses have begun to spring up in local residential and suburban areas. Those noted below are the ones that have seen an increased resurgence since the pandemic and the move for more people to work and spend an increased amount of the time at home.
Groceries, daily consumables, consumers prefer to buy their produce locally and to know exactly where it comes from. The rise of local niche food and drink stores, whole foods, and local seasonal fruit and vegetable is now a common preference and thus a great business opportunity.
Auto repairs, bodywork. People want to travel less to have their vehicles seen to in both a place that is local and convenient. It’s a prime example of the type of business that has moved into the suburbs and smaller villages.
Building and renovation companies. The rise in DIY and ongoing buildings and renovation work has seen the increase in suburban-based building and handymen businesses. There are examples countrywide of these businesses moving into more residential areas from plumbing to electricians and general builders.
General office work. The office as we know it has moved to some extent and is now considered a hybrid affair. With workers now insisting on a more flexible existence, this has in itself seen the rise of a home-based office community.
This expansion of businesses in smaller suburban areas is good for the economy and has seen the rise in ancillary business support businesses in areas that the businesses above may not be as proficient as they could be. It’s a wider growth spurt than many have realized, and it is one that will still provide for fantastic entrepreneurial opportunities both now and in the future.
Local managed HR
Whether you are a local business looking for managed service support for your HR in Buxton or recruitment services for employees in Ambergate, the rise in remote support allows you to focus on your core business without diminishing the value of your remote employees.
Local last-mile delivery
The last-mile delivery and doorstep delivery are now more local than ever before. One person operations delivering in their local area, on streets that they know has made this process as efficient as ever.
Financial and tax support
Business taxes and financial strategy is the one thing that all small businesses seem to struggle with, and with the move to start your own business and the monetization of hobbies on a widespread basis has seen the need for bot tax and financial planning advice.
Local businesses are indeed on the rise, and as more people prioritize the quality of life and there are additional possibilities of working remotely, one is seeing workers move to smaller villages from larger cities like London, Leeds, Manchester, and Sheffield. This means smaller towns are seeing a boom, and as employees move to remote working, big businesses are increasingly using managed services to cater to employees spread across various locations. The rise of small-scale localized businesses has begun, and perhaps the high street has seen a downturn in sales and footfall. The home industry/home-based businesses and all the support businesses require are now changing how people both work and live.