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24th June 2020

Our #SupportLocal Campaign is Helping Local Businesses Thrive Again

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After so many weeks of doubt and doomy headlines, 15 June was a happy day. Retailers big and small were finally allowed to throw open their doors again and welcome in customers eager to scratch the long shopping itch. 

As champions of local life and communities up and down the UK, JPIMedia news titles are standing right behind the local businesses that keep those communities thriving. That commitment is at the heart of our new #SupportLocal campaign to motivate our readers to get out there and spend with their favourite local spots. 

For weeks, our reporters have been out there talking to local businesses gearing up for the big day, and since Monday, they’ve been monitoring newly crowded high streets from South Shields to Worthing. We’ve gathered up some of their stories here to give you the front row view of how local communities have come together to #SupportLocal in a time of hardship. 

1. Pictures from Sunderland city centre as customers hit the shops to #SupportLocal on reopening day

Mackems were out in force to support their local businesses last Monday, spurred on by The Echo’s #SupportLocal campaign.

2. Pictures show shoppers in Mansfield as businesses reopen

Shoppers in Mansfield were given a show while they queued, courtesy of a local busker making his return to the high street.

3. In pictures: Portsmouth shoppers flocking back to Commercial Road and Cascades

On the south coast, shoppers headed back to the shops in droves to deliver a welcome boost to the local economy.  

4. Scarborough shops getting back to business - and they need your help

The Scarborough News showed their support for local businesses in this direct appeal to shoppers to get behind them as soon as shops opened.

5. Pictures from Alnwick town centre as customers hit the shops to #SupportLocal on reopening day

In Northumberland, our reporters chatted to shoppers and business owners alike to get the fullest picture of reopening day.

6. Shoppers return to Calderdale towns as wardens deal with minor issues in centres

A few measly logistical hitches weren’t enough to deter the people of Calderdale from getting out there and spending in their communities.

7. Everything you need to know about non-essential shops re-opening at Rushden Lakes next week

In Northants, the Telegraph prepared the ground for a big day of trading by briefing readers on what to expect from the new safety measures at their local shopping centre.

8. As it happened: High streets across Blackpool and the Fylde coast welcome back shoppers as stores reopen

Get a front row view of just how big shopping centres are handling social distancing measures from our reporters in the North West.

It means the world to us to see businesses and local communities starting to thrive again. We’re now awaiting the reopening of the English hospitality sector on 4 July with bated breath. We’ll bring you all the highlights as they happen, ensuring that eager customers know just how they can #SupportLocal in the new normal. 

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