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People urged to shop local in Copeland

Copeland Council is encouraging residents to shop local when non-essential businesses reopen next week.

The council launched its Shop Local: Keep it in Copeland campaign last year to promote and support local businesses.

As part of the campaign, the council has appointed Jenny Brumby as a dedicated Shop Local co-ordinator to work with businesses directly, and has launched four directories with addresses and website/social media details for thousands of Copeland’s retailers, food premises, health/beauty providers and services/tradespeople.

Jenny said: “Now more than ever, it is vital we support our local businesses; both those who have been able to stay open and continue trading during the lockdown, and those who are looking forward to reopening from Monday onwards.

“We all know it has been an incredibly tough year for businesses, but hopefully next week’s reopening for many will mark a turning point towards brighter days.

“As we reach the next stage of the return to normality, it’s clear that our residents can’t wait to get back into our towns and back to their favourite shop or to have a much-needed haircut or beauty treatment – and our fantastic array of businesses can’t wait to welcome them.”

Copeland Council is reminding business owners in Whitehaven that a temporary parking relaxation has been introduced to assist businesses that are planning to reopen from April 12.

Businesses that do not have designated loading bays will be permitted to allow loading/unloading vehicles to park on-street for a 20-minute period.

Businesses are invited to apply for the permit by emailing [email protected]