“CHRISTMAS is the time of year when Hackney’s many and varied independent traders hope to see their footfall increase and the tills ringing to help carry them through the rest of the year,” says Phil Glanville, Hackney’s Mayor.

“I want to encourage residents to support their local economy by using Hackney’s amazing local shops and businesses. Shopping local is a long term investment in our local community. It brings jobs, and it brings community life.

But a shop, high street or one of Hackney’s excellent street markets are not just full of chances to buy Christmas gifts, they are so much more — vital social hubs where people meet their neighbours, and feel more of a community. You can’t get that from shopping only online.

It is why I have passionately defended the Ridley Road Shopping Village and protected the council-run street market, while Hackney Council is also growing others like the newly re-opened Kingsland Market.

Chatsworth Road has a street closure this Sunday (Dec 16), while Broadway, Hoxton, and Ridley Road markets will all be having Christmas offers. Well Street is having Late Night Shopping on December 14 and 21 from 5pm to 9pm.

The Council is also running the ‘Trading Places’ training scheme — we are helping prospective and existing traders learn about being effective in running their business. So by shopping locally, residents can know they are creating new local opportunities for their neighbours.

The power is in your pockets to ensure our independent businesses continue to thrive in our borough, so let’s all get out on the high-street this Christmas. I know I will.”

 

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