As shops prepare to reopen today, the call has been made by We are Weymouth and the Weymouth and Portland Chamber of Commerce to support local retailers – who have supported their communities throughout the crisis.
The changes made to businesses — particularly small businesses — came with an enormous price. Some have closed. Some are barely surviving having furloughed employees or worse, having to lay off employees.
Our local businesses need our help — now more than ever.
Claudia Webb from We Are Weymouth says “Weymouth’s Totally Locally initiative is all about encouraging people to remain loyal to the connections that they have formed with local independents over the past months.”
During lockdown we have seen local independents come up with inventive ways to benefit their communities. Some set up online shopping facilities or provided click and collect and home delivery services. We must recognise their efforts and maintain these relationships.
As Weymouth reopens, we must support our local businesses to give them their best chance for success.
The Support Local message is being supported by Dorset Council through government funding to support the area’s long-term economic future.