Residents urged to #LoveLocal this Christmas

snowflake illustrations with Love Local This Christms wording

Communities across Lichfield district are being encouraged to support local businesses this festive season.

In the lead up to Christmas, Lichfield District Council is running a #LoveLocal this Christmas campaign, which is about encouraging shoppers to do as much of their festive shopping locally as they can.

With government restrictions coming into force from Thursday 5 November, and non-essential shops closing temporarily, there are still a number of ways to support Lichfield and Burntwood high streets.

This includes buying from local businesses online, checking to see whether shops are offering click and collect, and using takeaway services.

Another way to ‘love local’ this year is to delay buying for friends and family until local shops come out of lockdown, hopefully from Wednesday 2 December.

Councillor Liz Little, Cabinet Member responsible for Economic Development, said:

“Our city and town centres are the beating heart of our communities and we hope everyone will take this opportunity to show their support and shop locally.

“From independent shops to high street stores, the district is packed with plenty of places to buy presents for family and friends.

“Shopping for food and gifts in the district will help support the local economy, boosting the area during these challenging times.”

The #LoveLocal this Christmas campaign is supported by the Reopening High Streets Safely project, funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

About the England European Regional Development Fund

The project has received £92,501 of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. 

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government is the managing authority for European Regional Development Fund.

Established by the European Union, the European Regional Development Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations. 

Published: 4 November 2020