Hey big (and little) spenders: Wicklow TD urges residents to stay local and shop
Sinn Féin TD John Brady has urged Wicklow residents to stay local and spend local as he praised the efforts of local communities in creating the conditions that have allowed for the reopening of the local economy.
“During the lockdown local businesses played their part in helping with our wellbeing, by keeping us supplied with vital goods. Words cannot praise them enough for their efforts. Now we have an opportunity to help ourselves by helping them,” he said.
“We are entering a crucial period, one from which many local businesses may struggle to survive.
“I want to appeal to the general public to support our local businesses.
“The retail sector is the largest job provider in the country. This is closely followed by the tourism and hospitality sector.
“Consumers in Ireland spend approx €5bn annually. Over two thirds of this leaves the country. Shopping online contributes zero to the local economy.
“Because every euro which we spend locally finds its way back into the local economy, through local goods, services and wages, industry experts maintain that for every €100 spent locally, the true value to the local economy will actually be €500.
“Unfortunately, some businesses in Wicklow have taken the difficult decision not to reopen and close the business permanently. This is a blow to the vibrancy of our towns, it also impacts on local jobs and the economy.
“I welcome the shop local campaigns that have been rolled out across the county by Wicklow County Council and the work that has gone into them by the Municipal Districts.
By helping local business, we are helping local communities. We will be helping to provide badly needed employment for our families, friends and neighbours.”