Time to do YOUR bit to save Norfolk businesses
- Credit: Charlotte Bond
This newspaper has launched the Shop Local campaign in a bid to spark a spending spree at our independents this Christmas.
Our beloved local shops and businesses face a long, hard winter – one some might not survive.
But you can save them.
Today we launch Shop Local, a campaign urging shoppers to get out on the high street or on the web and spend with the region’s independents.
During the darkest days of lockdown they pivoted to keep us fed, clothed and occupied – now we must step up and spend big with them this Christmas.
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Coronavirus has hit many businesses hard. But we cannot stand by and watch them pull down the shutters for the last time.
Norfolk and Waveney have too much to lose.
- 1 Busy petrol station on A140 closes due to 'unforeseen circumstances'
- 2 Part of A47 closed after crash between pedestrian and lorry
- 3 9 Norfolk pubs with heated gardens for mixed households
- 4 Shocking dashcam footage shows man doing 129mph through village
- 5 Revealed: Coronavirus vaccine hubs in Norfolk
- 6 Never mind Santa's sleigh... how about a Christmas combine harvester?
- 7 Vanishing village - Satellite images show incredible erosion at Winterton
- 8 Saver menus and pizzas - how pubs are opening under 'substantial meal' rule
- 9 'More substantial than a Scotch egg': Pub creates the 'Botched egg'
- 10 Man hit by lorry on A47 rushed to hospital with serious injuries
If we lose businesses we lose jobs and wealth – and money spent locally stays local.
Now is the time: Spend, spend, spend with our independents.
Starting a business is a brave decision.
You can never truly take time off when you are the ultimate boss.
The weight of making sure all the employees get paid rests squarely on the boss’ shoulders.
But without these risk takers our region would be far worse off.
Independent businesses and traders are a huge part of the rich tapestry that makes Norfolk such a great place.
They generate wealth. They offer an alternative to the often faceless modern shopping experience.
But our vital, vibrant and varied independent sector faces an existential crisis.
To be frank, for many businesses this Christmas could be the last.
A perfect storm of the changing face of the high street coupled with spiking business rates and a year blighted by lockdowns will claim more victims.
But over the coming weeks we will be outlining the challenges facing independents – and highlighting what needs to happen so they can survive and thrive.
We will take the fight to government. We will explore how retailers and can unlock new revenues streams. And we will tell countless stories of hard graft.
And you can do your bit as well. Shops and stores will disappear if the default is to pick up a mobile phone and do all the Christmas shopping with multi-national mega corporations. Your hard-earned money will be lost from the regional economy.
So use them. Or we will lose them.