SHOP local – that’s the message from Chris Gregory, director of Visit Knowle.
The group, which is supporting the borough council’s Support Local campaign, is encouraging local residents to back local businesses and shops both now and after the current lockdown has ended.
“We have some fantastic local businesses in Knowle who have very much appreciated the support they have received from customers in what has been a most challenging year,” said Chris Gregory, director of Visit Knowle.
“We understand we can’t visit many shops during lockdown, but you can still support local businesses from home by visiting their websites, following them on social media, or giving them a call if you’re looking for something they can help you with.
“Our local businesses have continued to welcome customers whilst working incredibly hard to adapt their businesses.
“For example, Eric Lyons have made ordering online easier, started home deliveries and supported the community in many ways.
“If that wasn’t enough, they’ve also dedicated time for Nick to become a Visit Knowle director.
“Other businesses such as The Sale Room have turned to video and a number of businesses now have websites to enable customers to order from home.
“Visit Knowle has long promoted the message of supporting local and it’s fantastic to be part of a borough-wide campaign inviting businesses to share their stories and inviting customers to shop where they live and work.”
The Council’s ‘Support Local’ campaign aims to encourage residents to support their local town centres and high streets.
Councillor Karen Grinsell, deputy leader of Solihull Council said: “This time of year, in the run up to Christmas, is vital for our business community. Whilst we are having to do things differently this time round, it is still important that we encourage residents to support local where they can.
“Support Local is an opportunity for businesses to promote themselves and this can continue by getting in touch with the Council’s business team who can then share what they can offer on the Council’s Instagram page.
“This is already full of amazing submissions for the photograph competition. Don’t forget to encourage your friends, family and neighbours to like and share your image once we’ve sent out the post on our channel.”