Midleton and Area Chamber Encourage Shoppers to Shop Local and Support Local

By Seamus Whelehan

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Saturday 18 November marks the official start to Midleton’s festive shopping season, as we compile our gift list and get into the Christmas shopping mood, Midleton and Area Chamber of Commerce are encouraging residents to shop locally.
Andrea Gunn Business and Development Manager of the Midleton and Area Chamber of Commerce says while the gift of giving is important so is the gift of buying local.
“What you can find in Cork City you can probably find here locally. When people shop locally their euro is reinvested into the local economy, keeping people in the community and serving the families that we have here. Local independent operators in turn reinvest that euro not only in maintaining jobs and wages but also invest in the community’s wellbeing.”
Again this year the campaign will reward those who shop local will a free entry in a draw for every €20 spend, for a €500 and €250 shopping voucher and a series of €50 vouchers to spend in the January sales.
According to IBEC the representative group of Irish retailers there is a lot of Christmas cheer to be spread this year.
The organisation is predicting a spend worth in the region of €4.5 billion to the Irish economy.
Online Christmas spending amongst Irish consumers is estimated at €1.5 billion, with almost two thirds of online shoppers planning to spend up to €300 on presents.
While the ability to save a few euro is tempting, it has a negative effect on the local economy.
Your local retailer has been here week in week out to help out with those last minute gift ideas. They’ve employed your next-door neighbour’s son, daughter or your niece or nephew.
The retail business is of vital importance to the Irish economy employing over 275,000 people, making it about 14% of the total Irish work force.
Without your support the jobs at this time, and year round are not secure.
“Late shoppers can get all they want locally, secure in the knowledge that they have gifted prosperity in their local business.” commented Ms Gunn.

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