Introducing Certified Independent by xplore.

June 18, 2024

Building the movement

We have a vision to build a global community of certified independent businesses, empowering everyone to invest more of their time and money locally. Together, we're not just spending—we're making a stand to strengthen our communities, creating vibrant, thriving places where we all prosper.

What is xplore Certified?

Certification is a designation that a business is meeting our standards of verified ownership, financial

Independence and a physical presence that people can visit. In order to achieve certification, a company must prove:

  • the business is independently owned and operated by individuals, families, or a small group of owners.
  • the business is financially self-sustaining and not reliant on private equity or venture capital.
  • the business has a physical presence within the local community it serves or be a market trader.
  • It contributes to the local economy, supporting and engaging with the community through its operations.

Why Independent Businesses Matter

Boost the Local Economy: When you shop locally, the money stays within the community, supporting jobs and local suppliers.

Create Vibrant Communities: Independent businesses add unique character and charm to our communities, making them more inviting.

Grow Connections: Local businesses are owned by your neighbours, creating a sense of belonging that big chains and online can't replicate.

Creating interdependence

At xplore, we believe in the power of interdependence. By connecting independent businesses and

communities through one dedicated marketplace, we're building stronger, more resilient communities where everyone can thrive. This interconnectedness helps lift us all up, creating a world where we feel safer, more connected, and truly at home no matter where we are.

Take Action with xplore Certified

Spend more money Local: Make conscious choices about where you spend your money. Every pound spent at an independent business is a vote for a stronger more unique communities.

Spread the Word: Share xplore Certified movement with your friends and family. Encourage them to think local first. **Get Involved:**
Whether you're a business owner looking to get certified or a community member wanting to make a difference, there's a place for you in the xplore community.

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