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Helen Machin and owner Ann West inside Holbeach Wholefoods, High Street, Holbeach.

Helen Machin and owner Ann West inside Holbeach Wholefoods, High Street, Holbeach.

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Shops in South Holland can only prosper if people use them – that’s the response so far to our Shop Local, Eat Local, Play Local campaign.

Shops in South Holland can only prosper if people use them – that’s the response so far to our Shop Local, Eat Local, Play Local campaign.

Ursula Lidbetter MBE.
Ursula Lidbetter MBE.

Throughout 2014, the Spalding Guardian is supporting independent businesses in our area to help them survive, succeed and support you, the shoppers.

Since the campaign’s launch last week, readers and traders have reacted with enthusiasm to us highlighting just how important vibrant shops are to the area.

A comment on our Spalding Today website from Voice of Spalding said: “How nice to see a positive story about our town – it would be great to see civic pride promoted.”

Another comment from David Rogers said: “I visited Spalding over the Christmas period from Canada.

Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce chief executive Simon Beardsley.
Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce chief executive Simon Beardsley.

“The Prior’s Oven (a micropub in Sheep Market) was interesting, as was the Red Lion Hotel.

“It would be nice, however, if there was a better integration and a proactive interest by the newcomers to keep, maintain and protect the integrity of the history of Spalding.”

Traders are also behind Shop Local, Eat Local, Play Local, with one calling it “a great idea”.

Ann West, owner of Holbeach Wholefoods in High Street, said: “We’re quite well-supported by the people who know us and they spread the news about the shop by word of mouth.

Spalding and District Chamber of Commerce president Phil Scarlett.
Spalding and District Chamber of Commerce president Phil Scarlett.

“Most of our customers come from Holbeach and we wouldn’t be here without their support.

“The campaign is a great idea because if people don’t use local shops, they’ll lose them.”

 

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