Keep It Local Campaign
The Keep It Local campaign – aimed at reminding everyone that there is a very easy way to support and help their local shops. To use them!
Too often people complain about the power of Tesco and other supermarkets, or the paucity of “good shops” in our towns.
But every one of us has power to keep our local shopping centres alive and thriving. All we need to do is Use Them!
The Keep It Local campaign will focus on just two simple gentle suggestions.
(1) Consider Keeping It Local.
When you need something – why not buy it from a local shop instead of; the internet, a large supermarket, or out of town?
Obviously people can choose to shop wherever they want to – but if you value your local shops then the best way to help and protect them is to use them! Of course, some things cannot be sourced easily in town, but if they can then the campaign simply asks people to consider doing so.
(2) Enjoy Yourself.
Next time you’ve got a free hour or two, why not take a trip into town?
Have a look around? Talk to some people. Browse the shops. Visit the Luxe cinema or the Angles theatre. Browse the bookstore. Enjoy a beer. Buy lots of things for 99p. Hire a tuxedo. Get your laptop fixed. Upgrade your mobile phone. Look at some reptiles. Peruse wedding dresses. Have a slice of cake and a ’cuppa. Stock up on dressmaking supplies. Explore a charity store. Try some Eastern European delicacies. Hire a washing machine. Buy a washing machine. Get your broken appliances fixed. Buy new appliances. Get a back door key cut before you lose the last one and wish you’d done it sooner. Treat yourself to a fine cut of beef. Or pork. Or lamb. Buy your partner some flowers. Get the latest Lego Ninjago set for your eight-year-old. Get your hair cut. Get your nails painted. Stock up on toiletries. Have fish and chips. Or an ice cream. Buy a new guitar and learn to play. Hire some DVDs. Buy a video game or two. Or if you don’t have a brass farthing to your name, just take a walk in the memorial gardens, or the town park, or St. Peter’s Church Gardens and enjoy the fresh air.
You might be surprised how much fun you can have – and how much there is to do, see and buy.
The Keep It Local Campaign is a non-political co-operative campaign all about supporting and empowering local shops, businesses and traders.
And why not? It costs us nothing. But it says a lot about how we feel about our town centre and our home.