Residents urged to keep it local as shops re-open in North East Derbyshire

As many shops were able to re-open their doors on 15 June and more so from 4 July, businesses around the four towns of Clay Cross, Dronfield, Eckington and Killamarsh have been welcoming customers back to their shops safely.

North East Derbyshire District Council has been working closely with businesses in the district, offering support and guidance on how to make their businesses Covid-19 secure for customers to return.

Following the Government’s announcement of more businesses being able to open in the hospitality sector from 4 July, the Council’s campaign to shop local and support the local economy in the District is gathering momentum.

The campaign - Support North East Derbyshire (#SupportNED) was launched across social media channels, aims to let residents know about the safety measures in place in the towns and shops around the district so customers can return safely and securely with confidence to support local businesses.

Leader of the Council, Councillor Martin Thacker, MBE, said, “Local, independent businesses are the backbone of our high streets, making them unique to the area.

It is fantastic to see so many of these businesses opening up their doors again with new safety measures in place”.

“I cannot express enough how passionate we are to support our local and independent businesses. They are the lifeblood of our district and we are urging our residents to shop locally to support our communities”.

“Many shops are now re-opening, it would be fantastic to see our residents and customers shopping locally to help our communities and high streets thrive again. We want to help grow the local economy to help our residents and their families who work in the district be successful in a district which has so much to offer”.

“I would like to strongly urge residents to get behind local businesses, save our town centres and support north east Derbyshire”.