Keep it local – and put vital cash into Lancashire’s tills

Economy boost:  Preston city centre traders supporting local shopping
Economy boost: Preston city centre traders supporting local shopping
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Support your local businesses!

That was the call from traders and the Lancashire Evening Post today as the second Small Business Saturday arrives. Research by Direct Line for Business reveals that 48 per cent of people in the North West are set to support today’s campaign, spending an average of £22 at small local non-chain and independent enterprises.

This could equate to a whopping £543 million entering the tills of small enterprises across the UK.

Babs Murphy, chief executive of the North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, urged residents in Preston and right across Lancashire to join in.

She said: “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.”

Chorley Council has arranged an arts and crafts workshop to be set up in the town centre with volunteers from Chorley Play, where children will be able to make their own Nutcracker masks.

Chorley Traders’ Alliance has also organised a face painter outside Malcolm’s Musicland and have put together a special hamper prize to be won as part of a raffle. Coun Peter Wilson, Deputy Leader of Chorley Council, said: “As the Christmas shopping season is now well and truly underway, it’s really important for Chorley residents to remember the importance of shopping locally.”

At Preston railway station, Virgin Trains has invited local entrepreneurs to take part in its nationwide POP-UP scheme. A total of 90 different companies will pop up between London Euston and Carlisle, as part of Virgin Trains’ largest POP-UP event to date.

And Burscough-based call handling company Face for Business is marking the day by opening up today for the first time at weekend to support in person the wide-ranging number of small businesses it has as clients.