Save our shops
October 22, 2008
A rallying call to save small independent businesses across Reading, Wokingham, Bracknell and Berkshire has been sent out to the community.
The ‘Keep Trade Local’ campaign urging people to shop at independent retailers rather than big chains in a bid to save them from disappearing has been launched by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).
A petition has also been set up on the Downing Street website calling for a review of unfair planning laws, high business rates and draconian parking restrictions which discriminate in favour of the superstores and are squeezing small operators out of business.
The Reading Evening Post, the Wokingham Times and the Bracknell Forest Standard are backing the campaign.
According to the FSB, more than 2,000 local shops are closing each year, and if this trend continues, the organisation believes there will be no independent stores left by 2015.
FSB Thames Valley spokeswoman Karen Durcan said consumers must act now if they want to preserve the distinctive character and variety of shopping districts in Reading, Wokingham and Bracknell.
To find out more log on to www.fsb.org.uk/keeptradelocal.
To sign the petition visit http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/keeptradelocal.
What can you do?
- Sign the FSB’s national petition to Keep Trade Local at this link http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/keeptradelocal/
- Support moves to end the practice of “below cost selling” by supermarkets – where they can afford to sell produce at less than it costs to produce.
- “Think Small First” by shopping locally at least some of the time.
- Write to your MP.
- Write to your local authority.
- Display a sticker or a poster on your premises.