With lockdown restrictions easing, Stonehouse Town Council is launching a campaign to encourage residents and visitors to use local shops and services. As non-essential retailers open again, we are asking for your help to reinvigorate our High Street and support the wide range of businesses in our industrial parks. Look out for banners and posters around town and social media posts, promoting Shop Stonehouse.
Cllr Neil Gibbs, Town Mayor
On 12 April, non-essential retailers will be re-opening and we aim to collate details of every business in Stonehouse in our online-directory. The directory keeps all information in one place and is categorised for ease of use. If you know of a local business that isn’t already included, please send their name, contact telephone number, email address and website (if appropriate) to email@example.com
You will be surprised at the diversity of businesses we have in Stonehouse, particularly on the industrial estates including printing, paper manufacturing, electrical services and health and training. We will use this page and our social media channels to promote what we have on offer in and around the town that you might not already be aware of. Retailers will also be giving away Shop Stonehouse bags for life and we will be encouraging residents to shop more sustainably and use local shops and services instead of using their cars to shop further afield.
Why should you shop locally?
- Helps support the local economy
Shopping at local businesses pumps money into the local economy, and by spending money in their local shop, restaurant, café or pub, or service, shoppers can do their bit to aid our national recovery across the country.
- Save jobs – and creates even more
Supporting our local businesses creates jobs in local communities, supporting often young and disadvantaged people to find employment. Helping to grow the number of jobs in our local areas makes for a better place to live and work, which then creates a healthy economy for the community.
- Get great deals
People might be surprised to see just how competitive the prices are in your local businesses. Independent retailers often reward regular customers, while others often provide great deals that can’t be found in major outlets – meaning people save money as they spend.
- A safer way to shop
Businesses across the country have been following government guidance and implementing a range of measures to ensure people are safe while they shop, such as customer limits inside the store, plastic partitions at tills and hand sanitising stations.
- Preserves the heart of the community
A thriving high street is key to boosting the potential of a village or town where people can socialise as well as shop. Local businesses also generate revenue to support council services such as libraries, parks and roads that benefit communities across the UK.
- Great choice
Small and local businesses often stock items which are made locally and aren’t available elsewhere else, providing a great range of choice and unique products that bring much-needed originality and variety into communities – including rare finds and items that aren’t mass produced.
- A better shopping experience
Small businesses are often run by people who live nearby. As the UK continues to recover from the pandemic, the experience of buying locally from a friendly face offers a dose of normality that many people may have missed.
- Helps the environment
Local businesses often source their goods locally, helping to reduce their carbon footprint. When shopping local, people are also more likely to walk or cycle to get there – doing their bit to reduce air pollution, reduce traffic and improve the quality of the nation’s high streets.
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