SHOPPERS in Rugby are being urged to keep trade local this Christmas.
The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) will be joined by Rugby MP Mark Pawsey and Rugby First, the town centre Business Improvement District for a festive shopping trip to highlight the FSB’s Keep Trade Local Campaign.
It will takes place on Friday, December 7, at 11.30am.
Mr Pawsey will join Paul Rogers, the FSB Rugby branch chairman, and Aftab Gaffer from Rugby First and will start at Vanilla gift shop in Albert Street.
“Christmas is an important time in local businesses’ trading calendar and we would like to take this opportunity to remind people of the valuable service that small retailers offer, not just at Christmas, but throughout the year,” said Mr Pawsey.
“Our quality independent retailers have a huge impact on our local community and make Rugby’s shopping experience special. I hope our shopping trip will remind people of the value of shopping locally.”
The FSB’s Mr Rogers said he was delighted to take part in the initiative.
He said: “I am delighted to be shopping locally this Christmas, particularly in Rugby.
“Many small shops face closure as the pressures on independent businesses continues to build. Rising costs, competition from out of town shopping centres, parking charges and the current economic situation are just a few of the challenges these businesses face.”
“It is important that we are able to show our support and encourage other shoppers to do the same.”
Mr Gaffar, from Rugby First, said Rugby town centre has a strong independent retailer offer and Rugby First are working hard to promote them this Christmas.
He said: “We are offering shoppers free parking in all council car parks after 3pm throughout November and December; and we have also issued 17,000 free £3 Rugby Town Centre gift vouchers to homes and schools encouraging people to support their town centre and shop locally.”