I am delighted that the St Helens Reporter is championing our independent businesses with our ‘Shop Local, Eat Local, Play Local’ campaign.
The newspaper is very much at the heart of the local community so it’s appropriate that we should be offering our support – and, hopefully, the support of our loyal readers as well – to the many unique outlets at the heart of our town centre and surrounding areas.
Our high streets have been squeezed for many years by out-of-town developments and increasing use of the internet, but they are now making a resurgence and it’s up to us to help ensure that they not only survive but prosper in the future.
Increasingly, shopping is being seen as a leisure pursuit and, while the town centres must adapt to that by ensuring the facilities are up to standard and the night-time economy is supported and sustainable, we can play a part too.
Every pound spent locally can have huge benefits for the area, helping local businesses who, in turn, will employee local people.
St Helens town centre and surrounding areas has some terrific local shops – businesses where staff go the extra mile and provide a truly personal service.
Over the course of this year, we will be throwing the spotlight on some of the successful businesses in the area, while bringing you great deals to allow you to sample some of the fantastic products and services they have on offer.
And, as well as regular slots in the paper, you can check out our stories and videos online, as well as following us, and our sister papers, across the country on Twitter using the hashtag #jpshoplocal.
Please play your part by pledging to ‘Shop Local, Eat Local, Play Local’!