Calls to support independent traders from across Scunthorpe and North Lincolnshire are being made – with local leaders urging people to “shop local”.
More than 100 independent retailers call Scunthorpe’s High Street and surrounding streets home – selling a wide range of products including fresh food, clothing, sportswear, jewellery, picture framing, shoes, cafes, homeware, and electronics.
These retailers are joined by even more in town centres in Ashby, Brigg, Barton and across the Isle of Axholme in places such as Crowle and Epworth.
Cllr Rob Waltham, leader, North Lincolnshire Council, said: “The independent retailers give our towns and high streets a diversity which make them unique.
“There are some fantastic shops and some great places to eat which are all run by people passionate about their products – and about serving their customers.
“Those people and those products are things which can only be found here and that sets this community apart from the thousands of other towns and high streets across the country.”
Cllr Waltham launched the campaign encouraging people back the local retailers, enjoy the range of fresh and exciting products on their doorstep together with supporting the local economy and local jobs.
It comes as the council is leading the creation of a new future for the town centre – driving innovation and change to create more reasons for people to visit.
Cllr John Davison, cabinet member for Ashby, Bottesford and Scunthorpe, said: “We know we will never go back to what the high street was before but I am excited about what it will be in five and 10-years’ time.
“We know it will be hugely different as people will be here for many different reasons; working, living, and spending time with family friends to enjoy a whole host of leisure and cultural activities.”
Through the pandemic, more than £200m of Government cash was given to people and businesses in North Lincolnshire. More than £60m alone was given to businesses – including non-essential retailers – to help them through.
Holly Mumby Croft, MP for Scunthorpe, joined the launch of the campaign with traders from St John’s Market.
She said: “Scunthorpe, like many towns across the country, is battling back from the effects of the pandemic and we have a plan to push this further and faster which is backed with millions of pounds of Government cash.
“The plans will create many more reasons to be here, with lots of different experiences – it will radically change the High Street ensuring it is not just fit for the future, but it is the future.
“These proposals are coming and we will see the contractors on site soon but in the meantime I would urge residents to come into town and support the many fantastic local businesses.”