Spread the love and nominate your favourite Barnsley business this Valentines!

Barnsley Council in collaboration with ShopAppy.com is encouraging people to support their local businesses on Sunday 14 February for ‘Love Local Day’ – Love Local Day is one of the first events for a national campaign encouraging people to support local.

Barnsley’s amazing local businesses have pioneered through the lockdowns to reach out to the community - offering lifelines with home deliveries, click and collects or simply by just being open. Now the people of Barnsley have the chance to show some love to the businesses that power our community.

ShopAppy works by enabling local independent shops and businesses to show information, products and services they have for sale in Barnsley all in one place. It's quite simple really if you love shopping locally then check out what's on offer in our town at - shopappy.com/barnsley.  

Barnsley Council is asking you, the people of Barnsley to nominate your favourite local business and tell them why you love them. Everyone that nominates will be automatically entered into a prize draw for a chance to win your very own £100 Barnsley Gift Card that you could spend at your favourite store. The deadline to get your nominations in is Thursday 11 February, so spread the love to our local businesses and get nominating.

Cllr Tim Cheetham, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place, said: "We are delighted to be joining in the 2021 Support Local campaign as it will give us all a chance to show our love for our many local businesses that provide convenience and services locally for us all to enjoy. Now more than ever, it’s so important to show our love and support to the local independent businesses in our borough.

“We have provided key support and advice, including financial aid when necessary to be sure that as many traders as possible can survive throughout the pandemic. Our traders have supported us through three lockdowns and overcome countless hurdles, managing to provide essential products to thousands of people. It’s now time to show them we are there for them when they need it the most.

“Shopping locally ensures our Barnsley businesses can survive and thrive. We urge as many local residents to shop local and give our local independent business the boost they need to overcome the challenges this pandemic has provided.”

Dr Jackie Mulligan, Founder of ShopAppy who is leading the national Love Local Day campaign, adds “It has been a challenging last decade none more so than this last year for our town centres and high streets, but we know there is tremendous love for local businesses in our communities. So we need to champion localism. This is the first in a series of activities being planned to encourage people to support local – and will highlight the importance and positive impact these businesses have in the life of our communities and commercial hearts and how critical they will be to our social and economic recovery.”

The campaign hopes to give local businesses a much needed boost and show them how important they are and how much they are missed throughout our communities during the current time.

To show your support, nominate your favourite local business and be in with a chance of winning a £100 Barnsley Gift Card.

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