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Join our campaign to support local businesses during the festive season

Published: Wednesday, 25 November, 2020

Stroud District Council has launched a seasonal campaign to encourage people to Think Local First and support local businesses in the run up to Christmas and into the New Year.

Although some businesses cannot currently allow members of the public inside, many of them are still able to trade by offering `click and collect’ or delivery services.

The Think Local First campaign has three themes:

  1. Shop safely in those businesses that remain open
  2. Discover local businesses that offer a `click and collect’ service
  3. Use local businesses that offer delivery

When more businesses can re-open to the public on 2 December, the campaign will encourage people to use them safely, and continue supporting those that cannot re-open their doors to the public, including hospitality businesses.

The campaign has the backing of the Stroud & District Chamber of Trade @in_stroud_glos which has developed an online directory www.visitstroud.uk.

The distinctive orange and white ads follow in the same theme as the council’s acclaimed summer Shop Local campaign. They will appear in both online and print publications including the Stroud News & Journal and Gloucestershire Gazette and on social media platforms.

"It is so important that we all support local businesses as much as possible, especially in the run up to Christmas,” said Stroud District Council’s Leader Cllr Doina Cornell.

"Rather than doing all your shopping with a multi-national online company, we’re asking residents to try and buy what they need locally in the first instance. The more of us that do that, the better chance our local businesses have of surviving."

Stroud District Council’s Environmental Health team is working closely with businesses to help them protect themselves, their staff and members of the public by trading safely. The team includes Food Safety Inspectors, a Covid Safety Officer, and a team of Covid Community Officers which is part of a joint scheme with Gloucester, Cheltenham and Tewkesbury Councils.

The Think Local First campaign is run by Stroud District Council and part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Government’s Reopening of the High Streets Fund.

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