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Keep the Suffolk pound in Suffolk - shop local

PUBLISHED: 15:27 18 December 2014

Dave Muller, principal of Suffolk New College

Dave Muller, principal of Suffolk New College

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Town Topics with Ipswich Chamber of Commerce

As Christmas literally is just around the corner the Chamber in Ipswich and across the whole of Suffolk has been encouraging people to buy local.

Whereas many towns and counties I am sure will make the same call, here in Ipswich we have so much to be proud of when it comes to investing in local retail.

Our shops and retailers showcase high quality food and drink, we have local arts and crafts and the selection of high street stores is more impressive than ever.

Shopping locally sees the Suffolk pound staying in Suffolk. It supports business and employment and it encourages those great traits we are renowned for – entrepreneurial spirit and hard work.

December 6th 2014 saw ‘Small Business Saturday’ take place. This national campaign, which many towns including Ipswich took part in was about increasing awareness and the viability and breadth of independently owned and run business. It also saw in our county the real difference retail can and does make in driving the local economy.

It is not about buying in bulk either.

Local traders tell us that small regular purchases from local people goes a long way to supporting local business over the festive period.

We have lots to offer local people and those visiting our town from afar. Let’s do all we can to support our local economy and recognise that there is no better time to buy local and no better place to do it than in Ipswich.

Dave Muller

Chair

Ipswich Chamber of Commerce

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