If you’re buying - then buy it here!

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That’s the message behind a new campaign to get shoppers to spend on their doorstep, jointly launched by the Derbyshire Times and NE Derbyshire District Council.

With Christmas approaching and shopping lists bulging now is the perfect time to check out local shops when stocking up for the festive season. There are also weekly markets in Clay Cross, Eckington, Killamarsh and Dronfield.

Shops and businesses are encouraged to show their support for the campaign by getting hold of free window stickers and posters available to put on display in their windows.

Cllr Pat Kerry, member with the responsibility for the economy, said: “Our towns and villages have a great range of high-quality, local produce and services on offer and these businesses are at the heart of their communities – boosting the economy and providing jobs for local people.

“Like places up and down the country, our town and village centres often lose out to out-of-town shopping centres and nearby cities, and the impact is felt even worse during the recession.”

Businesses and residents are now being urged to throw their support behind the campaign - posters can be downloaded in A3 or A4 from the council’s website at www.ne-derbyshire.gov.uk/buy-local, or to request a sticker or poster contact Chris Taylor on (01246) 217823 or chris.taylor@ne-derbyshire.gov.uk or pop into the Derbyshire Times office.

Cllr Graham Baxter added: “This campaign is all about backing our local businesses – encouraging people to think twice about where they spend their money to support their communities.

“As part of this support, the council is committed to retaining free car parking in all of its car parks as an added incentive for people to shop locally, and we hope as many people as possible take advantage of this benefit.”

Backing the campaign, Natascha Engel MP for NE Derbyshire said: “Shops on our high streets have been the character of many of our towns and villages for years providing local services for local people.

“Many of these businesses know their customers and provide a personal service that the large supermarkets cannot give. I hope that people will get behind this campaign in their own communities so our high streets will continue to grow for many years to come.”

Any other local businesses who would like to showcase support for the scheme can call (01246) 217692 or email mandy.atkinson@ne-derbyshire.gov.uk

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