Council chief urges shoppers to 'show loyalty' and support local traders in run-up to Christmas

South Tyneside Council’s economic head has echoed calls to support local businesses in the lead-up to Christmas.

By Tommy Greene
Friday, 13th November 2020, 7:00 am
Former town mayor and the council's lead member for regeneration and economy, Cllr John Anglin
Former town mayor and the council's lead member for regeneration and economy, Cllr John Anglin

John Anglin, Lead Member for Regeneration and Economy, urged readers to ‘show a little loyalty’ as firms struggle to remain afloat following the imposition of a second national lockdown.

“We are acutely aware of the immense difficulties faced by our business community,” he said.

"Over recent years, our high street businesses have taken a real battering due to out of town retail parks and internet shopping.

"The added challenges around coronavirus this year means that our local traders – particularly independent traders – need our support now more than ever.

“We have some fantastic local traders offering a wide range of products and services. Independent and small, specialist retailers including our market traders also bring real individuality, character and a personal touch to our retail offer.”

Cllr Anglin added: “Let’s all show a little loyalty to our local retailers and give them the practical and moral support they so desperately need, by shopping local wherever we can over the Christmas period and beyond.

“Under current Government restrictions, people are encouraged only to go out shopping for essential items at this time. However, many businesses continue to trade having adapted with new, safer ways of operating, such as click and collect, delivery or online services.

"We would urge people to support local businesses to keep trading and use local shops and market stalls for essential supplies wherever possible.

"Our businesses are the backbone of our economy and we need to help them through these extremely challenging times.”

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