By Ian Feeley, http://www.yourdronfield.co.uk
Shop Local’ and Re-cycle Your Pound!
Did you know that of every £1 spent locally, between 60 – 70p is re-cycled back into the local economy? That is why the local shopkeepers in Dronfield want to encourage residents to support their shops and businesses, thereby preserving the lifeblood of the community that provides goods and services for all, as well as vital employment opportunities.
Last Thursday, a number of shopkeepers gathered at ‘The Forge’, alongwith local MP, Natascha Engel, to discuss ways in which the local retail community could work together to support each other and encourage more people to shop locally.
Discussed at the meeting were topical items such as increasing footfall, parking provision, bus and rail services and timetables, public awareness, themed shopping events and a ‘Shop Local’ celebration week.
To increase local public awareness of the range of shops, their locations and specialities, Mike Firth of ‘Dronfield Eye’ offered to produce a comprehensive local shopping directory, as they had previously done, so successfully, in Clay Cross.
Alongside this hard copy directory, ‘Your Dronfield’ promised to provide online promotion of the local shops and businesses via their community focussed website and social media platforms.
Special thanks on the night went to Helen and Neil of ‘Ferndale Garden Centre’ for providing the venue for the meeting in the Coffee Shop at ‘The Forge’.
The date of the next meeting is 26th March 2015 to which all Dronfield shopkeepers are invited.