The Shop Local/ Support Local campaign has been ratcheted up several notches this year as businesses and towns literally fight for survival .
Champion Green, organisers of Green Friday (November 27th) which was launched last year as a campaign to support local communities and businesses, is supported by Chambers Ireland and its local network, including Ennis Chamber, as well as retailer representative groups.
The core aim of the Champion Green campaign is to inspire the people of Ireland to keep prosperity in their communities by supporting local businesses where 65% of employment originates.
Commenting on the campaign, Margaret O’Brien, CEO Ennis Chamber said, “We have seen money heamorrhage out of Ireland in recent years on Black Friday, predominantly to international online marketplaces, with no future benefit to the Irish or local economies by way of taxes or jobs. The Champion Green campaign came about to try to redirect that flow of business and money back into our communities here Ireland.
With non-essential retailers still in lock down, we ask consumers to spend online with local businesses or to support them directly when they re-open next week.
The town centre streets of Ennis are pedestrianised for safety and social distancing purposes, and our retailers, as they have done in the past will do their utmost to ensure their customers are kept safe, by observing government guidelines.
Ennis Chamber recently launched ‘Clare Gift Card’ as an initiative to further drive local spend. Clare Gift Cards can be purchased online from:
Clare Gift Card can also be purchased at local post offices in Ennis, Ennistymon, Kilrush, Lisdoonvarna and Miltown Malbay.