Call to support our local shops

Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge, and Craigavon Borough Council, Garath Keating urges shoppers to support  the local business community. Pic by PressEye Ltd.
Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge, and Craigavon Borough Council, Garath Keating urges shoppers to support the local business community. Pic by PressEye Ltd.
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On American Independence Day, the local council has urged local people to get behind our local independent retailers.

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council has backed national campaign to boost our local businesses, which add social and commercial value to the places we work and live.

The council will run a series of promotional activities across its urban and rural centres aimed at encouraging local people to consider shopping with their local independent retailers more and reminding them of the benefits of doing so.

Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon, Councillor Garath Keating said local independent retailers were an essential part of the borough’s economy and community as every £1 spent with a local, independent business, between 50-70p circulates back into that local economy:

“Local independent businesses are the lifeblood and character of our local villages, towns and cities. They make up the vast majority of traders and bring colour, individuality and uniqueness to our local communities. They really do need all our support in order to ensure they can continue to serve our communities with passion and to sustain the very fabric and vibrancy of our local high streets. This July think big and shop small.” 

The Independents’ Day campaign has the support of local Chambers of Commerce as well as the Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) which co-ordinates a Northern Ireland wide campaign.

Glyn Roberts, Chief Executive at NIIRTA, added: “Independents’ Day is a great way to showcase the strengths of small businesses and our local retail centres. It is fantastic to see Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council being actively involved in promoting the campaign on behalf of its local businesses and we hope people in the area get on board and enjoy the many benefits of shopping local.”

Independents’ Day, was launched in 2010 to celebrate crucial economic and social contributions made by independent businesses and it has gained considerable traction and is now widely recognised across the UK.

For more information visit: www.armaghbanbridgecraigavon.gov.uk