The News’ campaign is calling on all readers to reconsider their shopping habits and think about how all of our actions can help bolster the community.
Independent retailers bring millions to the local economy every year.
And apart from helping retain money in the area, local businesses create jobs for people living near them.
There are hundreds of shops that are run by local people who depend on us to help keep them in business.
Without them, there would be fewer jobs and less money.
And without the diversity these sorts of shops and restaurants have to offer, we will lose the choice that we currently enjoy.