As a Community Interest Company, Locavore’s profits are used to further the aims of our mission, to build a food system which provides good jobs, supports good businesses, and provides good food for everyone. The economic impact we look for starts with our own practices, including using the Real Living Wage as a start point for anyone working with us, and ensuring we are paying our suppliers a fair price. On a wider level, we’re in the business of growing markets for organic, sustainable food, which will encourage more producers to make the switch, and one of our 2021 Manifesto Asks was to open up public procurement processes to make them easier for small producers and suppliers to participate.
Our 2020 Social Impact Survey told us that 88% of customers put supporting local producers as the most important reason for shopping with Locavore, and we can demonstrate that even making small shifts in spending can have a big impact.
Working in partnership with some of our main suppliers and our staff, we conducted a research exercise in Autumn 2020 using the New Economics Foundation’s LM3 methodology, tracking what happens to every pound spent in our Govanhill shop – this found that we were regularly working with over 70 suppliers for the stock in our shop, and nearly 60% of them are in Scotland.
Based on surveys asking suppliers and staff to identify how they allocated their own spending, we were able to calculate that £1 spent with Locavore is worth £1.92 to Glasgow’s economy, or £2.36 overall to Scotland’s economy, or £2.87 to the Scottish and Progressive economy – businesses like ours.
You can find out more about this research here, but the fundamental message is if you shop with Locavore, you support a whole network of individuals and businesses who share our approach and are driving the transformation of our food system.