Campaigners urge shoppers: go local!
Last updated at 15:39, Thursday, 31 October 2013
WHITEHAVEN residents are being urged to dig deep, shop local and use independent retailers this weekend.
The Shop Local Day on Saturday has been organised by the Whitehaven Action Group (WAG) and encourages people to spend money in the town centre and use standalone businesses instead of retail giants and buying online.
WAG, which was formed in September on Facebook, has made it its mission to give back to the community, and this is one of the first projects.
Co-founder Carrie Canavan said: “We have been overwhelmed by the popularity of the WAG Shop Local Day, with people who have agreed to support our local businesses by spending a little money in one of the many wonderful shops we have.”
On Saturday, between 9am and 5pm, there will be more stalls added to the Market Place, a wrapping service from the Phoenix Youth Project and singing from the Rosehill Youth Theatre to make for an enjoyable day.
Local businesses are supporting the scheme, with many offering discounts or donating prizes for the raffle that will be drawn by the mayor of Copeland, Geoff Garrity, on the day.
All money raised will go back into town to help with the next WAG Shop Local Day next month.
“I’d like to say a massive thank-you for all the support we have had from local people and businesses,” said Carrie. “We look forward to seeing everyone there and we would love for everyone to share their buys, photos and experiences on the WAG Facebook page. Happy shopping!”
First published at 11:05, Thursday, 31 October 2013
Published by http://www.whitehavennews.co.uk
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The shopping day was a great idea and I'm looking forwards to the next one. Whitehaven has over 170 businesses in the town centre and a lot of them are unique, independant shops. If anyone want to know more details you can pickup a free map and business list from Printpoint, or download a copy from Whatsinwhitehaven.com where there's also an online map and directory.
Think Local, Shop Global.
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