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December 07, 2012

Chamber Urges Consumers to Buy Local this Christmas

  • Shopping locally for Irish quality products will help to secure jobs in a difficult time for Irish manufacturers, producers and retailers.
  • Switch to quality LOCAL Irish products and ‘shift the balance’ in favour of ‘the home team’.

North Kildare Chamber
North Kildare Chamber has called on the hard pressed Kildare consumer to ‘think local, think Irish’ when shopping this Christmas. While acknowledging the reduced financial circumstances of all our citizens and the necessity to cut back on spending this year, the Chamber, which represents all businesses across the county, encourages shoppers to ‘BUY LOCAL and BUY IRISH, where and when they can.
Eilis-Quinlan According to Chamber President Eilis Quinlan, “now more than ever we need a real effort to save and retain local jobs. By demanding quality Irish products we will at least give a fair chance to local producers and retailers to survive and serve the local community. Buying from locally owned businesses keeps money circulating closer to where you spend. Local shops use local services, accountants, insurance brokers, PR companies as well as employing local people. They also carry a higher percentage of locally-made goods”.

  • Every €10 spent locally on Irish products generates €24 of benefit to the local community.
  • 45 cents of every Euro spent is reinvested locally in comparison to only 15cents for the foreign multiples.

“With job losses now at record levels and retailers and suppliers struggling to survive, it is vital that we support our own local enterprises during these difficult times. By buying local, we secure local jobs, and by buying Irish we secure Irish jobs. If every consumer switched just one tenth of their ‘imported shopping’ to Irish produced goods it would shift the balance in favour of local producers, manufacturers and retailers and go a long way to sustaining Irish jobs, after what has been a very difficult year
“We are asking consumers therefore to ‘think local, think Irish’ and ‘shift the balance’ in favour of the ‘home team’,” concluded Quinlan