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Lichfield trade project continues to expand

HandshakeA business project which began in Lichfield has signed a new partnership with the aim of further promoting local trade.

Staffordshire’s councils have joined the Think Local network to help generate more local employment and reduce the environmental impact of transporting goods and services. 

Think Local got off the ground in Tamworth and Lichfield under the guiding light of the two local councils and the Lichfield Chamber of Commerce & Industry, a division of the Southern Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce & Industry. Now all the other six borough and district councils have signed up, along with the big hitting County Council.

The Think Local network aims to support the local economy and jobs by creating a network of local economic activity.

And it’s good for the environment too, cutting travel and transport by trading locally and reducing climate changing carbon dioxide pollution.

Staffordshire County Council Cabinet Member for Economy, Skills and Enterprise Mike Lawrence said that Think Local was about making the connections that would yield real benefits for Staffordshire people. He added:

“Think Local is all about bringing people together to make the most of the incredible skills and enterprise that exists here in Staffordshire. By keeping it local first we can support each other and generate a network of expertise and innovation that will build the foundations for future prosperity and keep jobs local.

“Staffordshire councils together have massive purchasing power as the big providers of the key public services. Education, highways, social services, transport, and environment – our services underpin every aspect of every day life. That’s why this joint signing is so important. We are saying with one voice – Think Local – and we will be leading by example.”

Mark Adcock, Chair of Think Local, said:

“The county has a diverse and willing business community and Think Local brings the availability of local resources right to the top of the agenda. Everyone wins. And now having the District Councils, the County Council and the Chambers signed up to their pledges, the project gets an enormous boost.  It’s a great achievement by all and a big step on the way to the culture change in buying habit we are seeking.”

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