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Why we should shop local

Friday, July 11th, 2014

‘Shop Local, Eat Local, Buy Local’ One of the many distinctive things Tameside has to offer is the broad array of independent shops, cafes, restaurants and wonderful markets to service both local shoppers and visitors. Eighty percent of small businesses employ less than 20 people, many high street names have made the journey from market stall to national and international fame.

The Council will use every tool available to stimulate economic growth; local small businesses are an important element of our growth centric agenda. That is why I am delighted to champion our independent businesses with our “Shop Local, Eat Local, Buy Local initiative”.

Every high street in the country has been hit by the recession in recent years, and it is not only the small independents which have felt the crunch, with many once household names now also missing from our shopping landscape.

While town centres must adapt to the increase in shoppers’ demands by ensuring the facilities are up to standard and the night-time economy is supported and sustainable, we as consumers can play a part too.
Every pound spent locally can have huge benefits for the area, helping local businesses who, in turn, will employ local people, who will have surplus cash to buy more goods and services.

Ashton town centre, as well as Tameside’s other towns have fared better than most with new businesses filling many empty units. But times are still very tough for independents.

Vision Tameside and the remodelling of the market square will bring even more footfall and employment into Ashton, It is essential that our local independent businesses get the support they need to maintain their place in these new developments.

It’s fantastic to have national retailers and restaurants like Ikea and Frankie and Bennie’s respectively in the borough, but it is just as important that local restaurants and shops thrive as well because of the unique services and variety they give the Tameside public.

Pre-packed sausages taste great but if you’ve ever bought some from Ashton’s market you will agree that they are pretty special.

Local retailers, restaurants and other businesses are the backbone of the Tameside economy and if we can all give that little bit of extra support the whole borough and all its businesses will ultimately benefit. In my own ward amongst a number of fantastic independent restaurants and takeaways, we have Bollywood which was recognised as being one of the top ten takeways in the country – follow the link for more

Over the course of this year, council officers will be working with town centre teams to develop our Shop Local, Eat Local, Buy Local initiative. We will be throwing the spotlight on some of the successful businesses in the area, while bringing you great deals to allow you to sample some of the fantastic products and services they have on offer.

Please play your part by pledging to ‘Shop Local, Eat Local, Buy Local’!

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