I consult to various small businesses, and recently I have been working with a small family printing business to help them restructure.
They have less than 20 staff, but go a long way out of their way to employ people who often struggle to get work.
A man with autism who works part time as he cant concentrate long enough to hold down a full time job, several disabled people who they have rearranged things to accommodate, a number of part timers to allow for school hours and carers needs ...
I was pleasantly surprised to see a small business do so much.
It is hard for them though, competing against the corporate might of big business.
And it got me thinking - I would definitely pay more to take my business to a place like this that I knew was essentially a good corporate citizen. That looked after their employees and did a lot to make things better for those less fortunate.
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04-09-2015 11:17 #1
Do you actively support businesses with integrity and charity?
04-09-2015 11:35 #2
Oh yes. I would pay more to support their work.
04-09-2015 15:42 #3
Definitely. I go out of my way to support the smaller businesses as much as I can. I find that the service we receive is always so much better.
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04-09-2015 16:30 #4
04-09-2015 17:18 #5Senior Member
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Absolutely as long as I could afford to.
04-09-2015 20:20 #6
Yep I absolutely would. I recently found a relatively local egg farmer that sells actual free range eggs and the hens roam these massive green pastures all day and the numbers are something like 2,500 hens per hectare when most "free range" eggs are 10,000 per hectare. I'm absolutely willing to pay more for this.
In terms of companies like the one you've described, I do try to support those companies when their service and product offering is comparable to the big guys.
04-09-2015 22:52 #7
04-09-2015 23:17 #8
its certainly a struggle for some small businesses. Even medium enterprises when they are up against some of the multinationals ... and they dont play fair.
its sad to see.
and yes, I am willing to pay more for a company that does great things ...
05-09-2015 06:34 #9
Yesterday was a example of how we buy. Dh drove past 20 shops that sell I phone cover to go to the small business on the other side of town that was helpful when he had a issues. So yes we go out of our way to support business with good customer service and those that we feel are going above and beyond for the community.
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05-09-2015 08:25 #10
I would buy from them other others that don't if their prices were reasonable. We shop on a tight budget.
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