Stay Local, Eat Local, AND Shop Safe

Tuesday 21st July 2020

Our local high streets play a vital role in our community, and now is the time to continue to Stay Local, Eat Local, AND Shop Safe - #supportlocalAND

Mayor launches the Stay Local, Eat Local, AND Shop Safe campaign with representatives of local Chambers of Trade in Conway Square Newtownards

Ards and North Down Borough Council in collaboration with the town chambers of commerce for Bangor, Comber, Donaghadee, Holywood and Newtownards has launched their new Support Local campaign. 

The key message to stay local, eat local, AND shop safe,  encourages residents to continue to support local businesses. The borough’s five towns are open for business and focused on safe shopping with social distancing and hygiene measures in place.

Mayor of Ards and North Down, Councillor Trevor Cummings, said:

“As we continue with our recovery from Covid-19, it is vitally important – now more than ever – that we support our local businesses. 

“Whatever you’re looking to purchase, before going online, please ask yourself if you could buy it from your local shop first. Each of our town centres offer real value through great products and personal service, as well as enhancing the character of our towns and helping to support local jobs and the economy.

“Throughout the Covid crisis, our local retailers and businesses have gone above and beyond to support our residents and communities in their time of need. Now it’s our turn to reciprocate that support".

The Council is committed to supporting small businesses to adhere to current guidelines to protect staff and patrons have a safe and enjoyable shopping experience. For information visit

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Photo (L to R): Laura Anne Bailey, Comber Chamber of Trade, Nick Craig, Bangor Chamber of Commerce, Councillor Trevor Cummings, Mayor of Ards and North Down, Denis Waterworth, Donaghadee Community Development Association, Derek Wright, Ards Chamber of Commerce