Spend Local

Renfrewshire is home to many fantastic businesses – and we can play our part in supporting them by spending local where we can.

Around 70p in every £1 spent local stays local – so by picking up some essentials from your local greengrocer, grabbing a quick coffee or buying that gift you can do your bit to support the local community and its businesses.

Some reasons to shop local

Research on spending by local authorities does indeed show more money spent locally stays in the local economy. It is also an ethical choice. When you shop at local butchers, bakers, and greengrocers or farmers’ markets, the produce likely had a short field-to-fork journey, reducing carbon footprint.

Independent shops often stock locally-made items not available elsewhere. Along with artisan markets, they support entrepreneurs and foster the talents of the next generation.

Shopping locally also helps build communities. Bookshops, cafes and craft shops drum up custom by hosting book groups, knitting clubs, children’s events and more. If businesses are not supported, local groups tend to disappear.

Coming into your town or village centre to spend locally helps it prosper once again. Participating in different events, visiting beautiful buildings and embracing our rich heritage can help us collectively regenerate the area.


Where can I get more info?

Here are some handy links to help you find out more about what is on offer in Renfrewshire – and hopefully it will help you to Spend Local:

Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce are the leading business membership organisation in the area and represent a wide variety of firms, big and small, from all areas and of all types. You can find out more about member businesses here.

Paisley town centre’s business improvement district Paisley First have a Business Directory on their website which lists what the town has to offer – split by Shopping, Professional Services, Health Hair & Beauty, and Eating Out, Bars & Social