17th Jan, 2021

Shoppers urged to Support Local as Solihull businesses get snappy

Correspondent 23rd Oct, 2020

SOLIHULL Council’s ‘Support Local’ campaign has been endorsed by the Solihull Chamber of Commerce as part of efforts to get residents back into their local town centres safely and to encourage businesses to get involved with the ‘Support Local’ photo competition.

The authority is encouraging businesses to send over funny and creative pictures which best represents their staff, business and/ or their products and services to promote the ‘Support Local’ campaign through Instagram.

Some have already taken up the challenge include Shirley’s The German Café, Carly’s and Soni Milano Barbers in Knowle and Fall Menswear in Solihull town centre. You can view all the submissions here (@solihullcouncil).

To take part, businesses just need to email their picture to business@solihull.gov.uk with their name, details (including what you do, website, and social media handles).

Images will then be shared on the Council’s Instagram page for people to like, comment and show their support.

The picture which receives the most likes by December 4 will win a free year’s membership for the Solihull Chamber of Commerce.

Councillor Karen Grinsell, deputy leader of the council, said: “Businesses have worked really hard to become Covid-19 secure and we now need to support them further in this crisis.

“I’m pleased we are strengthening our relationship with the Solihull Chamber of Commerce and that they have endorsed the ‘Support Local’ campaign.

“It’s a great way for businesses to promote themselves and their products. I would encourage them to use the #SupportLocal message too and ask them to get their friends and families to support them too.”

Lillian Elekan, head of Solihull Chamber of Commerce, added: “In Solihull, we are incredibly lucky to have fantastic local businesses, providing a myriad of services to thousands of residents and visitors.

“We cannot let our local retailers and high street down, they are crucial to this town’s future. So, I would urge consumers to get out and spend where they can, shop local and get to know some of the outstanding retailers that are a part of Solihull.

“I understand some residents may feel unsure about venturing into their local town centres, but businesses have worked, and continue to work, so hard to ensure they are Covid-19 secure, visiting their premises really can be a safe and enjoyable experience.”

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