Shop Local: ‘Do your bit for local economy: spend your wages in Grantham’

Council Leader Linda Neal.
Council Leader Linda Neal.
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Leader of South Kesteven District Council, Linda Neal, explains the steps the local authority is taking to boost Grantham...and encourages shoppers to follow suit.

She writes:

Spending money locally is one of the most important things you can do to continue to improve the economy of our towns.

Over the past 12 months we have been working hard as an authority to ensure that business growth and growing the local economy is top of our agenda with initiatives like the Shop Front Scheme which helps local businesses to re-vamp their premises.

In addition to this in June and July we are working on a shop wrap project where empty units have their windows covered in attractive designs to make our high streets more attractive whilst landlords are looking for new tenants. We have already completed this on Westgate in the former Bargain Booze shop and on the High Street two shops will have their windows covered by the end of the month.

You can do your bit, too, by spending your hard-earned wages right here in Grantham.

Studies have shown that when you buy goods or services from independent, locally owned businesses, rather than a nationally owned businesses, more of your money is used to make purchases from other local businesses, service providers and farms, which only continues to strengthen the economic base of your community.

Small local businesses are the largest employer nationally, and, in our community, provide jobs to residents.

As a district, South Kesteven has a good mix of national and local businesses from large employers like Moy Park, Totemic and the Woodland Trust in Grantham, Cummins in Stamford and Park Air in Market Deeping to smaller independent businesses in all four of our market towns.