‘Shop lo­cal’ to pro­tect jobs on home front

The Kerryman (North Kerry) - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

WITH De­cem­ber 8 – the tra­di­tional start of the Christ­mas shop­ping pe­riod – on our doorstep the Din­gle Busi­ness Cham­ber is ask­ing peo­ple to sup­port jobs in the com­mu­nity by do­ing as much of their shop­ping as pos­si­ble lo­cally.

Ac­cord­ing to Ris­teard Mac Liam of the Busi­ness Cham­ber, “it is now more ev­i­dent than ever that ru­ral Ire­land is go­ing to be for­got­ten if peo­ple don’t take care of their lo­cal area”. The threat to shops and other busi­nesses in ru­ral ar­eas and in small towns such as Din­gle comes from the mega stores that are based in the ma­jor town and in­creas­ing from on­line shop­ping, where highly pub­li­cised pro­mo­tions such as ‘ black Fri­day’ and ‘cy­ber Mon­day’ are draw­ing in more and more cus­tomers.

“We would ask peo­ple to sup­port lo­cal em­ploy­ment by shop­ping lo­cally. Keep­ing jobs in the com­mu­nity is very im­por­tant to its sur­vival,” said Ris­teard, who wanted to re­mind peo­ple that a voucher for a lo­cal shop is the one most likely to be used.

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