Festive shoppers urged to buy local

York Press: Dorothy Fairburn Dorothy Fairburn

A CAMPAIGNING body for rural communities has urged shoppers to buy local this Christmas.

The Country Land and Business Association (CLA) which is based in Easingwold, said local shops play a vital role in supporting small rural communities and provide much-needed jobs.

Dorothy Fairburn, regional director for CLA North, said: “As small independent retailers continue to be squeezed out of the market, buying Christmas presents and festive food locally is more important than ever.

“Not only will it boost the rural economy at a crucial time, but could actually make Christmas shopping much more enjoyable.”

Miss Fairburn said “Local shops contribute a great deal to the economic health of our area, but are under threat not just from large supermarkets, but also the boom in internet shopping.

“A good festive season can help ensure that local businesses survive and maintain vital jobs and services through quieter times of the year.

“I would urge shoppers to avoid the traffic queues, expensive parking and packed pavements, and explore what’s on offer in their local farm shop, village store, farmers’ market or in our market towns where traditional, independent shops are still plentiful.”

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1:11pm Mon 17 Dec 12

Zetkin says...

Sorry Miss Fairburn, I'd love to help my local poverty-stricken landowner, but the half leg of lamb that will grace the table at Zetkin Towers this Christmas was half the price from a well-known supermarket chain that a similar joint would be at a farmers' market.
Sorry Miss Fairburn, I'd love to help my local poverty-stricken landowner, but the half leg of lamb that will grace the table at Zetkin Towers this Christmas was half the price from a well-known supermarket chain that a similar joint would be at a farmers' market. Zetkin
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3:50pm Mon 17 Dec 12

Viper_7 says...

and, all the other things one needs is not available from the local shops, so you have to go out, or order on-line anyway.
Since we have to go out, we avoid the local towns as the councils price both the customer out, and also the local shops with the high shop frontage rates resulting in high prices.
Then going out is also not worth it, EVERYTHING can be ordered on-line and delivered FREE to the door.
Sorry with the state of the economy at the moment, shopping local is the last thing people will be doing. The local towns will be shop free soon, and will just be pure residential areas.
and, all the other things one needs is not available from the local shops, so you have to go out, or order on-line anyway. Since we have to go out, we avoid the local towns as the councils price both the customer out, and also the local shops with the high shop frontage rates resulting in high prices. Then going out is also not worth it, EVERYTHING can be ordered on-line and delivered FREE to the door. Sorry with the state of the economy at the moment, shopping local is the last thing people will be doing. The local towns will be shop free soon, and will just be pure residential areas. Viper_7
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12:29am Tue 18 Dec 12

JackOfHearts says...

Most of it is still made in China so what's the difference if I pay less at Target than I do at Grandmas gift shop?
Most of it is still made in China so what's the difference if I pay less at Target than I do at Grandmas gift shop? JackOfHearts
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