Mayor pleased to see public shopping local on visits to businesses

Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Cllr Brian Tierney, visited some local businesses across the district to speak with business owners and staff about moving forward from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Sunday, 9th May 2021, 5:00 pm
Ryan Bogal of S&K Shoes with Tara Nicholas, DCSDC Business Support Officer, and Mayor Brian Tierney

Mayor Tierney said he was happy to speak directly with the businesses in Strabane and Castlederg about the challenges they have faced and the pathway moving forward, as well as hearing about the stringent measures in place to prioritise customer confidence and safety.

He said: “I was glad to meet with some of the local businesses across our district this week and hear more about the positive steps forward now that many of those businesses have reopened or are preparing for a scheduled reopening in the coming weeks.

“It was fantastic to see lots of people supporting those businesses while I was out and about and to see that all of the businesses have measures in place - such as social distancing, hand sanitizer, and limiting customer numbers at any given time - to instil confidence in all members of the public that they can support local and be assured that everything is in place to protect both themselves and staff.

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“I can fully appreciate how much of a challenge the past year has been for our businesses across a wide range of sectors, and I look forward to the weeks ahead when we hope to see more of those sectors reopening and returning to a more normal operation of business. Once again I would just like to encourage everyone to support local across the district as much as you can.”

Local businesses who have been negatively affected by Covid-19 are being invited to take part in Derry City and Strabane District Council’s recovery campaign which will focus on promoting the shop local message and supporting local businesses within the district.

Businesses who have faced challenges over the past year as a result of the pandemic can make contact via Council’s shop local website to express an interest in becoming part of the campaign by May 14 2021.

The campaign is being organised by Derry City and Strabane District Council with funding through the Department of Communities’ Business Revitalisation and Recovery Programme.

Ronald Coulter of RJ Coulter Furniture with Mayor Brian Tierney and Tara Nicholas, DCSDC Business Support Officer

To visit the Shop Local website, go to https://shoplocalderrystrabane.com/

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Mayor Brian Tierney and Council Business Support Officer Tara Nicholas with Declan Hughes, Gormley Shoes, of Main Street Strabane

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