Two concrete examples this week when I met with Jackie from LJ's Coffee House in Bushey. Over a coffee - what else? - we discussed the issues I've been experiencing with a food supplier. Straightaway I have the number of another company that I can talk to - who have been reliable and good value.
We then moved on to Mr Kitchen's absence at the cash and carry. How had I not realised they now deliver - saving us time and petrol? Off to set up an account - thanks Jackie :-)
Working together in this way, building a network of independent businesses all aiming to rebuild community, is surely where we do best to focus. Do we really want to be at odds with our neighbours when it's so much more satisfying to connect and get to know others, working out how together we can be the change we'd like to see in the world. If things do go a little pear shaped for a while I like to know there are people who have my back, that I can depend on, live and work with.
So thanks Link4Growth for everything I've learned and gained so far and here's to much more to come!