I’VE been spending a bit of time up in Birmingham at our new head office at Fort Dunlop, trying to get to grips with a new computer system.
Fort Dunlop is only eight miles from Solihull town centre and from our office on the top floor you can see our printing works less than a mile away.
You can say many things about the Solihull News but one thing is cast in stone we’re a local paper. Written locally by our reporters in the high street and printed locally just up the road - two miles from the edge of the borough of Solihull itself.
We’re packed full of local businesses too, and while the national news is full of doom and gloom and national companies like Woolworths going bust, it’s important to remember to support local businesses too.
It’s important for several reasons - local businesses are the lifeblood of our community and once they’re gone they rarely come back, whether it’s a butcher, greengrocer, newsagent, camera shop or clothes shop.
Money spent locally in local shops also goes back into the community rather than the profits being spirited away to some head office hundreds of miles or even another country away.
It also keeps our high streets and shopping parades and centres vibrant.
More expensive? - Possibly so, but while the supermarket may on occasion be cheaper you’ll often spend more there anyway because you’ll leave with things you never intended to buy in the first place.
So, next time you’re out shopping, spare a thought for local business.