Bridgwater shoppers should back local businesses

This is The West Country: Bridgwater shoppers should back local businesses Bridgwater shoppers should back local businesses

SHOPPERS in Bridgwater are being urged to support their community and spend their well-earned money locally as part of a national campaign.

The Independents’ Day campaign, hosted nationally on Friday, July 4, promotes and celebrates independent businesses that have to compete with huge competitors on a daily basis.

The Bridgwater Town Team, which is made up of representatives from Bridgwater Town Council, Sedgemoor District Council and Angel Place Shopping Centre, is backing the scheme and encouraging shoppers to buy something from ‘local’ retailers.

Reports from Sedgemoor District Council state that for every £1 you spend with an independent business, around 50p-70p circulates back into your local economy, which will help boost the economy in towns like Bridgwater, maintaining a steady rate of business and income.

Shopping online or at ‘out-of-town’ stores sees only 5p from every £1 you spend go back into your region’s economy.

Thousands of businesses in more than 150 locations throughout the UK got involved in Independents’ Day last year, which garnered high profile support from celebrity business guru Theo Paphitis as well as Government backing from Skills Minister Matthew Hancock and the Shadow Business Secretary, Chuka Umunna.

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6:49pm Thu 26 Jun 14

the voice of common sense says...

Perhaps S.D.C. should remember this when local authority work is being carried out, not award contracts to people from outside the area, 2 recent examples have been the two roundabouts at bower lane and the roundabout on the cannington road, if this work had been done by local workers it would have taken 20% less time as the workforce lost monday morning and friday afternoons through travelling., maybe the odd saturday could have been worked to minimize the misery these works caused
Perhaps S.D.C. should remember this when local authority work is being carried out, not award contracts to people from outside the area, 2 recent examples have been the two roundabouts at bower lane and the roundabout on the cannington road, if this work had been done by local workers it would have taken 20% less time as the workforce lost monday morning and friday afternoons through travelling., maybe the odd saturday could have been worked to minimize the misery these works caused the voice of common sense
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