Local comes first at new Chichester high street shop

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CHICHESTER will soon have a shop dedicated to selling local produce – and the hunt is on for someone to take on the lease.

The scheme, thought to be the first of its kind in the country, has been introduced by Chichester District Council and West Sussex County Council to support local businesses.

It is hoped it will encourage people to buy, and discover more about, the food that is produced locally.

The project was given the go-ahead after local producers said that a presence in a town centre would be the best way to support them to grow their businesses.

To kick-start the business, West Sussex is spending £70,000 to fit out the shop in South Street, Chichester.

Jason Burt, managing director of Farmhouse Cookery Ltd in Bosham, said: ‘To have a dedicated high street 
presence singing the praises of our county’s produce is invaluable to small producers like myself.’