“THE ‘Love Hackney, Shop Local’ campaign is supporting our local business community through lockdown, encouraging us all to use our local businesses by shopping on our great high streets and in our street markets when we need those essential items for home,” says Cllr Guy Nicholson, Cabinet Member for Planning, Culture and Inclusive Economy.
He adds: “Our local businesses and traders are there to serve us all with quality products at good value and crucially at this time – making sure we can all shop safely.
“Hackney’s retail offer is second-to-none and caters for all budgets, styles, tastes and needs. We’re fortunate to have such a variety of quality businesses literally on our doorsteps so the time has come for us all to pull together as one community to support our local businesses and traders and make sure that when COVID has passed we have a strong business community able to serve us into the future.
Ridley Road Street Market
“The safety and wellbeing of residents as well as everyone working in our local businesses is of paramount importance and the Council has visited hundreds of businesses to ensure they are COVID-secure to protect customers and staff, but it’s vital that residents who have to go out shopping continue to protect themselves by wearing a mask, washing their hands frequently and keeping a safe distance from others.”
Cllr Guy Nicholson
In May 2020 the Council asked local businesses about the impact the pandemic was having on their businesses and worryingly 28% retailers who responded had already been forced to make redundancies with 81% of retailers losing between 76% and 100% of their usual business income since the start of the pandemic and the remaining 19% of retailers noting losses of between 50% and 75%.
The Council has already distributed over £100million to businesses since March through business rates relief and business grants and the new directory, alongside the launch of a wider shop local campaign, forms part of the Council’s long-term commitment to supporting the reopening of the local economy and the recovery of the borough’s businesses.
The ‘Love Hackney, Shop Local’ campaign will run over the next year and will go on to promote pubs, bars, fitness and leisure-related businesses, who are unable to operate online, once lockdown restrictions are lifted.
Check out the campaign website https://www.lovehackney.uk/shop-local-
12 November 2020