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Join The Buy Local Movement in London
Sat, 2 Jul 2016, 7:00 PM – Thu, 1 Dec 2016, 10:00 PM EDT
Epic Network is a community of local enthusiasts and locally owned independent merchants. Together we can create a stronger economy, a more vibrant community, and better job opportunities for Londoners. Stand up and support YOUR community by proudly declaring, "I am a LOCALIST!" Epic Network is much more than a run-of-the-mill loyalty program for individuals. Being a LOCALIST isn't only about discount and freebies (although there will be those too). As a LOCALIST, you are part of a movement that supports local businesses and has fun along the way.
Epic Network is a membership program for individuals and will feature opportunities such as:
1. Invitation, and member discount, to special events such as the upcoming Networking in Cars event
2. Social media shout out
3. Access to exclusive promotions and special offers from local merchants
4. 250 Bonus Epic points
5. A unique QR code for future Epic puchases at local merchants
6. Invitation to memberhip only events
7. Featured in a social media post
Why Join? For every $100 spent in a locally owned business, $42 remain in London. For the same $100 spent at a non-locally owned business, only $13 remains in London. The Independent Business Forum conducted a survey on Buy Local programs. They found that locally owned businesses in cities with a formal structured buy local program reported an average gain in sales of about 7% over their counterparts in communities with no formal buy local programs. And when the overall economy struggled, the study found that the local merchants in the communities with formal buy local programs held their losses down compared to their counterparts in other communities.
Check out similar organizations that Epic Network is modeling themselves after (with the exception that Epic Network has a technology component that these two groups do not have): Local First Arizona (www.localfirstaz.com) and Local First Grand Rapids (www.localfirst.com).