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Burntwood residents urged to back local independent businesses

People living in Burntwood are being urged to do their bit to boost the local economy.

A new initiative is calling on residents to spend at least £5 on Christmas presents in an independent town shop rather than a chain store.

The Totally Locally WS7 project is hoping to boost trade in Burntwood.

David Whitehouse, Chairman of the Burntwood Business Crew and owner of InLife Design on Swan Island, said: “If every adult in the WS7 postcode area spent just £5 a week extra in local independent shops and businesses, this would be worth a staggering £4.3 million to the local economy every year.

The new Totally Locally WS7 business website

The new Totally Locally WS7 business website

“In reality, what this means is more local shops staying open, more businesses that supply them succeeding, more local jobs, and a nicer place to live and work.”

The initiative will also see vouchers sent out to local homes and the launch of a website with a list of local businesses.

Cllr Helen Fisher, who represents the Highfield ward on Lichfield District Council, added: “We’reasking people to stop and think and, rather than walk or drive past, to pop into a local shop and give it a go.

“There are some fantastic shops and brands across the Burntwood area, including Swan Island, Chasetown High Street, Morley Road, Ryecroft, Sankeys Corner and the business parks.”

For more details on the scheme visit the Totally Locally WS7 website.

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