Local Enterprise Office Louth have launched their new Shop Local, Search Local campaign – which encourages people in Louth to think about supporting businesses in their area as they start their Christmas shopping this year.
The LEO have created a webpage listing local businesses who are operating online, especially important in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic and restrictions and closures in place across the county, meaning anyone looking to support local online this year, they can do so in one easy place.
The campaign was officially launched in Ardee with Cathaoirleach of Louth County Council Dolores Minogue, Head of Enterprise Thomas McEvoy and Hughie O’Neill of the Ardee Traders and Business Association.
“Whether online or in person, the choices that you make for your Christmas shopping this year will have a real impact on your local community. Shopping local keeps small businesses trading and local people employed. Local businesses employ your friend, your neighbour, your cousins, your brothers, sisters, parents and wider community,” McEvoy said.
“It’s so important to choose local, especially this year. Our role at the Local Enterprise Office Louth is to support the development of small businesses across the county. And that’s why we are so proud to launch our Shop Local · Search Local campaign for 2020.”
The website – which you can visit by clicking here – includes a range of shops retailing gifts, crafts, home, garden, food, fashion and much more besides. The LEO Louth are also encouraging those online shopping this year to add the word “Louth” or
the name of your local town or village to your online search, as part of their #LookForLouth campaign.
“This helps you to find out whether the gift or product you’re looking for is available locally before ordering from abroad. Once you’ve found the gift you’re looking for you can shop in person in some stores, use click and collect or avail of the delivery service from others,” McEvoy explained.
There is still time for local businesses in Louth to get involved, too. “If you’re a local business who is trading online, you too can be listed on our page for free.”
All you have to do is email [email protected] with your business name, web address, a logo or photo and a 100
word description of your product or service. The webpage will be actively promoted across the county in the run up to Christmas.
Speaking about other ways to support local businesses, McEvoy said there was lots that local people could do to support businesses in their area.
“Post about the small local businesses you love on social media. Giving personal recommendations or positive reviews is really
beneficial as it helps to raise visibility and build trust with new customers. When posting about your local shopping success, use the hashtag #LookForLouth so we can see and share your post,” he said.
“2020 has been an incredibly challenging year for local people and small businesses. With a vaccine on the horizon, hopefully 2021 won’t be so tough. But in the meantime we can each play our part by supporting jobs and small businesses in our community by choosing to Shop Local.”