Business leaders in borough towns have teamed up to encourage residents to support local traders on ‘Independents’ Day’.
The national campaign highlights the UK’s independent retailers and urges people to buy at least one thing from their local high street on Thursday, July 4.
For every £1 spent in a local business, between 50p and 70p circulates back into the local economy. There are more than 160,000 independent retailers making up 92 per cent of retail business in the UK.
Coun Frank Lott, cabinet member for economic development, said: “We work in partnership with our chambers of trade and a range of organisations year-round to do all we can to keep our high streets as vibrant as possible.
“Having a variety of independent businesses helps keep our town centres attractive, for both residents and visitors.”
Maggie Richardson, of North Shields Chamber of Trade, said: “Independent businesses are the lifeblood of our town centres and we have so many passionate people working across Whitley Bay, North Shields and Wallsend.
“I would urge people to get into their local town centre to see what’s on offer.”