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Mayor pleased to see public shopping local on visits to businesses

07 May 2021

Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Cllr Brian Tierney, visited some local businesses across the district this week to speak with business owners and staff about moving forward from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mayor Tierney said he was happy to speak directly with the businesses in Strabane and Castlederg about the challenges they have faced and the pathway moving forward, as well as hearing about the stringent measures in place to prioritise customer confidence and safety.

"I was glad to meet with some of the local businesses across our district this week and hear more about the positive steps forward now that many of those businesses have reopened or are preparing for a scheduled reopening in the coming weeks.

"It was fantastic to see lots of people supporting those businesses while I was out and about and to see that all of the businesses have measures in place - such as social distancing, hand sanitizer, and limiting customer numbers at any given time - to instil confidence in all members of the public that they can support local and be assured that everything is in place to protect both themselves and staff," said Mayor Tierney.

"I can fully appreciate how much of a challenge the past year has been for our businesses across a wide range of sectors, and I look forward to the weeks ahead when we hope to see more of those sectors reopening and returning to a more normal operation of business.

"Once again I would just like to encourage everyone to support local across the district as much as you can."

Local businesses who have been negatively affected by COVID-19 are being invited to take part in Derry City and Strabane District Council's recovery campaign which will focus on promoting the shop local message and supporting local businesses within the district.

Businesses who have faced challenges over the past year as a result of the pandemic can make contact via Council's shop local website to express an interest in becoming part of the campaign by 14th May 2021.

The campaign is being organised by Derry City and Strabane District Council with funding through the Department of Communities' Business Revitalisation and Recovery Programme. 

To visit the Shop Local website, go to https://shoplocalderrystrabane.com/

 

 Karen Hussey readying the Castle Inn for opening soon

 

 

Mayor Brian Tierney with Clara Moyne and Sinead Foley of McColgan's Foodhall, Strabane. Also pictured is Tara Nicholas, DCSDC Business Support Officer.

 

Mayor Brian Tierney and Council Business Support Officer Tara Nicholas with Declan Hughes, Gormley Shoes, of Main Street Strabane.