Not surprisingly, the last few months have been a turbulent time for many businesses – but County Durham folk don’t give up easily, and it’s been heartening to see the determination, resilience and creativity that so many of Chester-le-Street’s shops and businesses have shown.
As the town has come back to life with the easing of lockdown restrictions, it has been great to see so many shoppers and visitors embracing the “shop local” message.
If you are one of the many people who has supported our fantastic local businesses at this time, and helped them get back on their feet, then thank you – it really is appreciated.
Remember, two thirds of our town’s businesses are independently run, so every pound that you spend with them is making a real difference to local jobs and families.
Now, with some measures against COVID once again tightened in the North East – and still the potential for more restrictions, if infection rates rise – it is more important than ever to keep supporting the businesses that you love, and, if you can, to keep as much of your spend as possible in the local area this Christmas.
As you will know yourself, businesses across the town have gone to immense lengths to make their premises safe, while not losing the warm welcome that makes people want to visit in the first place.
Our Shop Chester-le-Street social media is always full of these reassuring and uplifting stories – after all, we all need as much positivity as possible in our lives right now!
Chester-le-Street is open
Now, we want to get more of you involved in celebrating all the good things that Chester-le-Street has to offer.
Whatever happens, Chester-le-Street is open, safe, and welcoming – and we are inviting local businesses and customers to join us in using the #CLSIsOpen hashtag in posts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
If you are a business, consider using the #CLSIsOpen hashtag when sharing updates about your latest products, offers or news.
If you’re a customer, use the #CLSIsOpen hashtag when you post about having a great experience in town, or want to share that lovely purchase you’ve just treated yourself to!
By using a place-related hashtag, it makes it easier for businesses and others in an area to connect with each other, and lets people follow all the latest updates in one place.
If you can, tag or mention Shop Chester-le-Street too – we’re @ShopChesterleSt on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
Follow the hashtag
Whichever social network you prefer, it’s easy to follow the #CLSIsOpen hashtag:
By all working together – and championing the many good things that exist here on our doorstep – we can not only help out the brilliant businesses we already have, but spread the word that Chester-le-Street is a welcoming and positive place for new businesses to set up shop too.