DUP MP Carla Lockhart has called on the public to help secure the future of local businesses by adopting a ‘shop local, buy local’ approach.
With many businesses badly impacted as a result of COVID-19, the Upper Bann MP is calling on people to support local business and buy local produce to help local retailers and producers survive these challenging market conditions.
“Many of our High Streets have been ghost towns for the last couple of months, with so many businesses forced to close due to COVID-19 restrictions to protect public health,” explained Ms Lockhart.
“This has been devastating for many local retailers and other businesses. While for many Government has stepped up to provide much needed financial support, the impact of this period will be long lasting.
“In Northern Ireland the independent retailer and business remains prevalent, with many being family run and a testament to a life’s work or even the work of families over generations.
“It would be awful to lose these businesses, who often go above and beyond in terms of service to their customers, and who can justifiably say that their produce is amongst the very best in the world.
“That is why as businesses begin to lift the shutters once again it is vitally important that we take the very conscious decision to shop local and buy local.
“As customers, we have the future of these businesses in our hands, and if we all decide to spend our money with the local business, then many will survive the economic tsunami that is coronavirus.”