‘Use it or lose it’ plea by Chamber of Trade

Now that a number of companies in Morpeth are back in business due to easing of some of the Covid-19 restrictions, the town’s Chamber of Trade is urging residents to support them.

Wednesday, 14th April 2021, 6:51 pm
Morpeth Chamber of Trade vice chair Sarah Sabin pictured outside Cafe des Amis in Newgate Street.

As part of the Government’s roadmap, many ‘non-essential’ shops, gyms and hairdressers re-opened on Monday and pubs and restaurants can now serve people outside.

Morpeth Chamber of Trade chairman Lee Richardson said: “We welcome the reduction in restrictions from April 12.

“For these business owners it’s now the third time in 12 months that they’ve been told they can re-open and, with all the great work done in regards to vaccinations and increased testing, hopefully the last.

“This is brilliant news for these businesses, their employees and the economy as a whole – as ever though it must come with a strong message for customers to strongly support these businesses, with a greater need for support towards independently owned business.

“I recognise that ‘use it or lose it’ is a strong message, and not one that I have ever used, but right now it is the reality we live in.

“Morpeth businesses have fought back in many ways since March last year, now it’s our turn to support them and ensure that Morpeth remains a strong independent market town.”

Meanwhile, Northumberland County Council has launched a Shop Local, Shop Northumberland campaign to help shine a light on the wide choice of independent businesses in the county.

The initiative will highlight the diversity and quality of retailers and will encourage people to discover what is on their doorstep.

To find out more about the campaign and to show your support, go to www.discoverourland.co.uk/shoplocal