Behind Independent Teesside is Jon-Paul and Chris, two childhood friends who were born and raised in Teesside and have a mission to make our area the best it can be.
Independent Teesside is all about championing local business and culture, encouraging people to support local businesses while making people proud of Teesside by highlighting all the great things on our doorstep.
To encourage people to break away from the chains and support local businesses we have a member’s card, which rewards card holders for shopping local with a variety of discounts available at some of the best independent places to eat, drink, shop and visit throughout Teesside.
Why is supporting local businesses important to us?
Sometimes Teesside can, unfairly, get a bad rep, but it's our home and we love it. We know about all the amazing places to eat, drink and shop here and we are passionate about spreading the word.
Local businesses are the backbone of our economy . Supporting local businesses, rather than larger chains, is actually better for the local economy for our community. To ensure a strong and sustainable local economy foundation people need to buy locally. Research shows that £10 spent with a local independent shop means up to an additional £50 goes back into the local economy. This is simply because the nearby shop owners, who you are spending your money with , will put that money back into the local community by going into local pubs and restaurants etc, thus circulating the money and allowing our community to thrive.
Source - www.smallbusiness.co.uk