How can your school support the business community of Worcestershire?
For many schools, we understand how important it is to find trusted suppliers who are able to meet your needs and budget, and who also have a great track record and expertise working in the education sector.
With this in mind, have you considered how buying local could benefit you and help meet these needs?
There are so many benefits for schools that buy from local businesses.
One of the best benefits to buying local is the fact that you know your supplier is not only a phone call away, but also right on your doorstep. This gives you peace of mind that should any issues occur, they can resolve these quickly for you.
Should you require anything, they can provide the solution, products or service needed with a quick turnaround, helping to minimise disruption to the day-to-day running of your school.
Improved customer experience
When choosing to buy from local businesses, you can expect a great personal service.
We understand the importance of finding a trusted supplier and it can be daunting when choosing a supplier you don’t know, or purely based on online reviews. When it comes to selecting a business with a great local WEN endorsed reputation, you can rest assured you are working with a trusted and quality supplier.
Through using a local business again and again you can build a great rapport, where they are able to gain a greater understanding of your school, your aims and goals, so they can provide the best solution for you.
Supporting your local economy
With the recent pandemic having had a huge impact on smaller and local businesses, it has been great seeing communities coming together.
It has highlighted how important it is to not only support your local community in a time of need, but also how you can continue to do so in the future. Buying from local suppliers is a great way to achieve this.
Through buying locally you are helping to support your local economy, which in turn helps to build a sense of community, builds better relationships and creates local job opportunities.
All of this is great and can also be beneficial for your students, as it creates employment opportunities for them in their local area, as well as other unique opportunities such as placements, work experience or apprenticeship schemes.
Reducing your environmental impact
Finally through choosing a local company, you can have a positive impact on the environment.
This is because when you purchase from a larger supplier or a supplier that may be located hundreds of miles away, your products/services will arrive with an unnecessary extensive carbon footprint and therefore unnecessary emissions. Plus then if you have any issues, it will require the supplier to travel all that way again to fix the problem or make small tweaks for you further exaggerating the negative environmental impact.
With local businesses being on your doorstep, less transportation is required for goods or services. Any additional support can be provided quickly and efficiently.
There’s no better time than now to review the current suppliers you work with and how you currently purchase your products and services, and consider how buying locally could benefit you, your students and the local community.