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5 reasons to support local businesses

As a local recruitment agency, we use any opportunity to spread the word about business in Milton Keynes - it's our mission to help local businesses thrive! So, we've put together a list of five reasons on why you should shop locally: 

  1. Local economy: Research shows that just £10 spent with a local independent shop means £50 back into the local economy. This means that you can indirectly make a big impact on your local community without it costing you much.    
  2. Creating local jobs: When there's an increase in demand, there always an increase in supply. Buying locally can boost the employment rates in your area by increasing the need for more workers.  
  3. The environment: The lure of next-day delivery makes it hard to resist online shopping. However, when you total the costs of that delivery on the environment, packaging and the fuel to transport the goods, buying local is much better for the environment. 
  4. Encouraging Entrepreneurs: Shopping locally supports local entrepreneurs and by helping their businesses to grow, you'll be helping the local economy by increasing the number of jobs in your area.
  5. Local business for local charities: A lot of local businesses support charities that are relevant to your area. Not only are you helping your community thrive economically, but you are also increasing charitable donations. 

We'd to love know the local businesses in your area that you support. Let us know the names of your favorite local business and what services/goods they provide! Find us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, and feel free to tweet, share and like this post. 

If you're unsure on where to find local independent shops in MK, we've got you covered, checkout this website

How outfit choice impacts the way you feel at an interview

We're focusing this week's blog on Mental Health Awareness Week and the theme for 2019 is body image. First impressions are really important in job interviews - in fact, they're regularly described as one of the top anxiety provoking situations in life!
Researchshows that your moods can be affected by what you wear. So, we thought it'd be a great idea to give tips you on how outfit choice can help you feel better, and more confident in an interview:

  1. Dressing appropriately - you want to make sure that your outfit matches up with the role you've applied for. 'Dressing the part' can help boost your confidence, which can potentially increase your chances in securing the position. The more confident you feel, the better you come across.   
  2. Make sure you're comfortable - be smart, but feel comfortable. Interviews can be very vulnerable situations for most of us. The last thing you want to add to your list is uncomfortable clothing, that leaves you feeling unconfident (or worse, fidgeting with clothing which is really distracting during an interview!) 2
  3. Choose the correct footwear - This links in with tip number two - make sure you're wearing comfortable footwear and for ladies, heels that you can walk in! Being late causes stress in all situations, don't let the wrong pair of shoes be a reason to make you stressed on the day.   
  4. Be yourself - There's always a way to express yourself. Don't feel the urge to conform to anything or anyone else but you - you are an expert on yourself. Employers love to see personality, and you'll feel your best knowing that you're being yourself.  

Keep an eye out on the mental awareness week website, they'll be releasing articles and research findings on body image and mental health all week!  

If you you'd like to find out on stress and how it affects you in the workplace checkout our blog on minimising stress in the workplace. 

If you want more interview and CV top tips, check out this blog post.