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Social media campaign to support Five Valleys’ businesses

Written by: Bobby Wildgoose | Posted 09 July 2020 6:00

Social media campaign to support Five Valleys’ businesses

Stroud District Council is getting behind shops and businesses in every High Street in the district with its Shop Local campaign, as lockdown eases. 

According to the local authority the campaign is all about people being able to shop and eat safely, and businesses to trade profitably and safely, to help restart the local economy. 

From Nailsworth to Stroud to Stonehouse to Dursley to Wotton-under-Edge and every village shop and cafe in between, the council is calling on shoppers to tag their favourite stores and traders to tell us how they are getting on, using #ShopLocal or #ShopDursley (for example) on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn, and sharing SDC posts. 

“Together we can help our town centres thrive again,” said Stroud District Council Leader Doina Cornell. 

“It’s really important that we shop and trade safely, and support businesses which are the lifeblood of the communities we live and work in. 

“If you have a favourite shop or eating out spot, or know of a business going the extra mile, do let us know about it on our social media channels.” 

The reintroduction of car parking charges in Stroud town centre is delayed until July 21 to support traders and shoppers, and a wide range of parking changes suggested by Stroud Town Council and Stroud & District Chamber of Trade is being adopted. 

Extra efforts have been made to reopen public toilets across the district, with an enhanced cleaning regime. Stroud District Council has been instrumental in helping Stroud Town Council implement a new temporary pedestrian scheme. 

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

(First published at 12.10pm on July 8)