Shop local when renovating or redecorating your home… by Coulon Stone


In the UK, how we buy products and services is always evolving, and during the pandemic we were forced to buy more online and from big retailers. Now that local businesses are up and running again, it’s more important than ever to return to our communities for products and services. It not only benefits our wallets, but the planet and our communities too. 

Home renovations, redesigns and decorating is huge business. It can be overwhelming and mistakes can be made, that’s why it’s particularly important to look to your local community when working on a project around your home.

Here are five reasons why:

Local economy  

Research by local authorities found that for every £1 spent with an independent retailer, 63p is retained within the local area, compared to just 40p when spent at a larger, national retailer. Buying services and products for your home, like furniture, plants, kitchen cabinetry, stone worktops or floors, crockery and decorative pieces, from local businesses will support the economy of your community. A prosperous neighbourhood improves service provision like schools, hospitals, restaurants and pubs, and makes our community a unique place we want to spend time in.  

Local jobs 

Keeping local businesses alive improves employment rates in your area. It also helps youth employment as many young people begin their careers in independent, local businesses. This can be particularly important in businesses related to home renovations, where young people can access apprenticeships and experience with local electricians, stone masons, carpenters etc. 

Quality products and services

Local businesses may not be able to compete with the range of products large retailers’ stock, but they are able to offer quality and bespoke products and services, along with more personable customer service. You will have more opportunity to handpick materials, for example the exact slab of marble you want for your kitchen worktop, use bespoke measurements and add personal touches.  

Deals to be had

We can sometimes associate local with more expensive, and in some cases that can be true because of the quality, bespoke nature of the product or service. However, many local businesses are open to discussions about prices, may be able to offer alternatives and might have discounts for local people. 

Better for the planet

Independent businesses often pride themselves on sourcing materials locally or sustainably, and are more likely to use sustainable practices, like being powered by renewable energy, paying staff fairly, and using plastic free packaging. Buying local also means less travel.

Coulon Stone is an independent business who has been providing people in Bucks and Oxfordshire with stone surfaces in their homes and businesses for 30 years. We are a ‘Low Carbon Workspace’, proud to be powered by solar. For information or advice about your stone project, please get in touch by visiting

Share this post with your friends

You may also like...

Get in touch

If you have any queries, please contact us and we will be happy to help.

Welcome to the June edition of Look Local Over the Garden Gate with @lucieponsford_mimosagarden of @mimosagardendesigner_lucie . Today, we delve deeper into our gardening knowledge. We’ve explored apex woodland, grasslands, deserts, the tropics, and water plants. Now, let’s take a step further and understand the distribution of plant groups and their families worldwide. This understanding forms the bedrock of our gardening practices.Read full article here: ... See MoreSee Less
View on Facebook
This is so sad to read. Another local festival will be no more 😔To those attending this years The Beacon Festival have the BEST TIME! And congrats to our May Issue Competition winners Sean from Lewknor and Nick from Watlington! Enjoy 🎉It’s an incredibly difficult time for the festival industry, with a record 42 festivals having announced a postponement, cancellation or complete closure in 2024. Despite tricky conditions, Beacon Festival is going ahead in under two weeks time – which we cannot wait for! This year, our stages will look a little different, but we promise the same wonderful Beacon vibes as every year. However, the Beacon team have had to make a tough decision in light of skyrocketing festival expenses: Beacon Festival 2024 will be the last. We’d like to thank all of our loyal festival-goers who have supported us over the years and made Beacon what it is today. We’d love you to come and join us for one last time, and celebrate the final Beacon Festival with us, 21-22 June. Let’s make it a party to remember! Day and weekend tickets still available. Kids under 14 go free 👉 announcement here: ... See MoreSee Less
View on Facebook
The preparation for Rowachella is well under way 🎉We decided to take out a little insurance policy against the great British weather...⛈️🎪 We wouldn’t want you guys to get wet on Saturday so we have decided to guarantee that whatever the weather Rowachella will be the driest place in Oxfordshire 😀Grab your tickets now from 🎟️#bst #festival #openair #undercover #bigtop #bonedry #rowachella #djs #indie #rock #houselife #discohouse #electronicmusic #oxford #festival #newmusic #chinnor #thame #livemusic #partytime #musicfestival #festivalseason #tickets #reading #henley ... See MoreSee Less
View on Facebook
𝗡𝗲𝘄 𝗢𝗻𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗲 𝗦𝗵𝗼𝗽 𝗟𝗮𝘂𝗻𝗰𝗵𝗲𝘀 𝘁𝗼 𝗵𝗲𝗹𝗽 𝗲𝗹𝗲𝘃𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗛𝗼𝗺𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗚𝗮𝗿𝗱𝗲𝗻….Cool Heat Solution is excited to announce the launch of its new online shop, offering premium cooling and heating products for the home and garden, as well as a curated selection of barbecues and outdoor living essentials. Designed to enhance comfort and style, our product range ensures that your indoor and outdoor spaces are perfectly equipped for year-round enjoyment.Read more online here:…..#whatsgoingoninoxfordshire #looklocalmagazine #advertiselocal #supportsmallbusinessess #smallbusinesssupport #looklocal #smallbusinessesinoxfordshire #looklocalmagazineoxfordshire #localmagazineoxfordshire #oxfordshiremagazine #localmagazine #supportlocalbusiness #supportlocalbusinesses #supportlocal #homedecor #homeinterioruk #outsideliving #coolingproducts #heatingproducts #newbusiness ... See MoreSee Less
View on Facebook