Traders support campaign for you to shop locally

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BUSINESSES are continuing to get on board with our campaign to Shop Local this Christmas.

The Mercury launched the campaign to encourage all our readers to back the traders in Stamford, Rutland, Bourne and the Deepings when buying their gifts this Christmas.

And retailers have continued to back the call, as they, like us, believe that our area has the very best to offer.

Janet Brown is one of the partners at Lambs in Stamford, which has a kitchenware shop in St Mary’s Street, a china and glassware shop also in St Mary’s Street, and a hardware shop in St Peter’s Street.

Janet said: “We have had a few people coming in who have said they are trying to do all their shopping locally this Christmas, which is good to hear and we certainly back the Mercury’s campaign.

“It is vital local people support the shops if they want to see them survive.”

Michelle O’Connor, the assistant manager of jewellers G Gaynor of Stamford in Stamford Walk, agrees that local shoppers are vital to keeping businesses alive.

She said: “Tourists help during the summer but if we don’t get the locals coming to shop here during the not so busy times, we will close.

“Stamford is starting to look vibrant and nice again with shops and restaurants opening.”

Patricia Montgomery, the owner of Nancy French clothes shop in St Mary’s Street, said the shop has only been able to survive for 21 years because of local people who return year after year.

She said: “If people don’t want the disappointment of shops closing, they must ‘Shop Local’.

“Of course, we rely on our regular customers but it is important we get new customers coming in as well.”

Eileen Bradford-Fawson is the owner of clothing shop Private Kollection in Market Place, Market Deeping.

She is urging people to support the independent shops in the Deepings.

She said: “We have to get people in through the doors because the Deepings won’t look as pretty if all the shops go away.

“There are plenty of shops in the Deepings, which mean people don’t have to go further afield. It is vital they support us.”

Andy Hirst opened Hirst and Hirst Living in Church Street, Oakham, last year, which sells contemporary gifts.

It also has a website, which also sells the full range of products.

He said: “This is our second Christmas and we are hoping to double what we did last year.

“We have built up a good customer base but we need the support of local people.”