FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
20 November 2019
Glastonbury Chamber of Commerce launches Shop Local Campaign
With the iconic Frost Fayre and Small Business Saturday approaching, the Glastonbury Chamber of Commerce has launched an initiative to support shopping local this holiday season. In an effort to encourage residents and visitors to choose high street shops over internet shopping and large chain stores, Glastonbury businesses are encouraged to promote themselves on social media using the hashtag #shoplocalglasto. Shopping local also includes using local accommodation and service providers, such as B&Bs, cafés and accountants, for instance.
Glastonbury is celebrated for its colourful and largely independently owned high street shops, and encouraging small business is the key to keeping our local economy viable in the years to come. “The unique character of a town is defined in large part by the local businesses within it. By continuing to support these local businesses people ultimately support their community,” says Jill Barker, Chair of the Chamber of Commerce. “Our new Shop Local Campaign is about getting that message out to people to support our local businesses that work so hard throughout the year. Spending Local for Christmas is a great way to say thank you to our local shops.”
The Chamber has taken out a number of local advertisements to further the campaign. Non-members can join the chamber for a low yearly fee of £25 and receive additional publicity through the Chamber’s social media channels, as well as discounts from local businesses and invitations to exclusive networking opportunities.
About the Glastonbury Chamber of Commerce and Tourism
The Glastonbury Chamber was established in its current form in 2016 and has since grown to be one of the largest chambers in the Mendips with over 60 members. The town council has implemented a number of initiatives including the launch of the Bittern Trail, a walking and cycle route from Glastonbury to the Avalon Marshes Centre, the Glastonbury Business Map, the Glastonbury Mural Trail and High Street Lates. Jill Barker of Middlewick Holiday Cottages acts as Chair of the chamber and works closely with VisitSomerset amongst other regional and national tourism bodies and chambers of commerce.
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