Poll reveals encouraging backing for our traders.
The people of Lancashire DO support their local shops, our survey has found.
We ran a poll on the Evening Post website as part of our bid to encourage people to shop local - and found that more than 70 per cent of people do try to back local traders.
In February we launched our ‘Shop Local, Eat Local, Play Local’ campaign to help back traders across the county and highlight their key role in local life.
The campaign is encouraging people to use local shops. We know times are tight but we want shoppers to discover the benefits of supporting our local high street.
Whether it is buying meat from your butcher, fruit and veg from a greengrocer or a coffee in an independent café, the campaign is about experiencing the best local retailers.
We asked visitors to our website: Do you support your local shops? and 71 per cent answered yes and 29 per cent answered no.
Babs Murphy, chief executive, North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce said: “The results of the LEP shop local survey are really promising, it’s reassuring to know so many people consider shopping locally to be so important.
“There isn’t anything that can’t be bought in the city centre and research has shown that for every £1 spent locally, 64p stays within the immediate vicinity, therefore adding to the local economy.
“Whether it’s a unique independent or your favourite high-street brand, we’d encourage everyone to keep it local.”
So far as part of the campaign we have focused on different aspects on Preston’s offering from the indoor market, independent shops and restaurants through to the parks and museums.
People have told us they come to Preston for the unique shops and the personal service but they do think there needs to be more on offer so people visit Preston again and again.