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    City leaders in York urge residents to keep ‘shopping local’.

    A recent campaign run by City of York Council together with partners from Make It York and Indie York, highlighted the lengths the city’s independents are going to create a safe and welcoming experience for customers.

    As a part of this initiative, York Kind case studies, which have highlighted how different independent retailers are adapting and responding to the pandemic, have reached over 115,000 people online, with 4,000 people showing their support, by liking or sharing the stories.

    Keith Aspden, Council leader, commented:

    “It’s been inspiring to see the resilience and compassion with which our communities have responded to the crisis. Our local business community have worked hard to reopen safely, so it’s great to see so many people supporting the creative, independent businesses which make our city so unique.

    “By shopping locally not only do we support our small and independent businesses and the staff and suppliers who rely on them, but also directly invest in our local communities at this challenging time.

    “As we welcome residents back to the city and our shopping areas, we are continuing to put the safety of residents and visitors at the forefront of our reopening efforts, and by working with businesses across the city we are establishing and promoting social distancing measures. So please do continue to shop local to support our amazing local businesses and remember to stay safe whilst doing so.”

    Johnny Hayes, Chair of Indie York:

    “It was great to be involved in the #YorkKind campaign, shining a light on the efforts of our members to bring life back to the city and provide the products and experiences which York residents have been missing. We invite people to come and enjoy something to eat in August at our independent restaurants and cafés who are participating the in the Eat Out to Help Out scheme.”

    If you can’t get out to support local businesses, many have adapted to do deliveries. Find out more via the YorkMix and Live Well York websites.

    Photo: Coney Street during Bloom! © Anthony Chappel-Ross

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