Derry City & Strabane - Public urged to make conscious effort to support local businesses




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Public urged to make conscious effort to support local businesses

26 August 2020

The public in Derry and Strabane are being encouraged to make a conscious effort to support the local economy at this challenging time for traders.

The 'Your Small Spend Makes a Giant Difference' campaign is supported by the Department for Communities and is encouraging people to shop local and support local hospitality businesses.

The campaign was launched this week by Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Councillor Brian Tierney.

"As businesses slowly recover from the unprecedented challenges the Covid 19 pandemic has posed, they need our help and support more than ever to get back on their feet and service the local community," he said.

"The current restrictions mean many traders are operating at a reduced capacity and are facing additional costs so it is crucial that we make a conscious effort to choose local services to protect jobs and the economy in Derry and Strabane.

"A small spend from each of us can have a giant impact on local businesses helping them survive the current pandemic and thrive into the future."

Council are currently working on innovative plans to create a safe, attractive and welcoming City and District for all during the current pandemic.

Supported by Government funding, the recovery plan includes a range of environmental and infrastructural improvements in Derry and Strabane as well as an ambitious support scheme for assist businesses. 

Whether you are a business owner, employee, trader, resident, customer or visitor, the plan promises a renewed emphasis on restoring confidence in our shared space and initiatives to boost our local economy.

A number of grant schemes have also been made available to help businesses meet the additional costs to their business from the current restrictions.

For more information on business grants, rural business grants and the Eat Out to Help Out scheme visit

Support the campaign online using the hashtag #supportlocalderrystrabane.