Today, we are calling on you to help us spread a little love in our high streets.
Everyone enjoys the convenience of using the internet to meet their shopping needs. But, as consumer spend starts rising in the run-up to Christmas, we are encouraging all readers to make a conscious decision to also shop locally and spend some time and money with the shops, small businesses and independent traders who ensure our communities remain vibrant places to live.
Leaders at the Bridlington Business Forum said our new campaign is “exactly what every high street across the UK needs” and the Promenades Shopping Centre has thrown its support behind it.
“Before ordering online, can you buy the product locally?” said forum chairman David Dowson.
“You’ll be surprised how much you can buy locally and it makes the retail therapy even more enjoyable, knowing you’re supporting your local businesses and keeping local people in jobs.
“In turn the employees then have more money to spend in the local economy – everyone wins!”
The forum said Bridlington has very low shop vacancy rates compared to much of the UK and has retained lots of small, specialist, local shops and businesses.
“We would therefore appeal to every resident and visitor to think about spending their hard earned pennies wherever possible in the local economy.
“Those businesses will in turn appreciate your support and still be there next time you need them,” added Mr Dowson.
Vice chair Martyn Coltman said: “I never shop outside of Bridlington or via the internet, for anything I can find locally and most shops will try to match the internet price if you ask nicely.
“The national chain stores located here employ local people, so remember to spend time checking what they have to offer too - you’ll enjoy the whole experience a great deal more”.
Backing the launch of our t initiative, Mike Cherry, Federation of Small Businesses national chairman, said he hoped it would lead to direct action.
He said: “It’s great to see this campaign adding to the call for action to help our high streets. Government and local authorities must come together now to find real solutions to these