Ged McGrath encourages local people to support local traders this High Street Saturday

Mayoral candidate urges residents to back local business for upcoming High Street Saturday


COPELAND residents are being urged to get behind local businesses as part of a new campaign to celebrate and show support for our high streets.


High Street Saturday, taking place this weekend, aims to showcase the best on offer in places such as Whitehaven, Egremont, Cleator Moor and Millom and other towns across the country.


Ged McGrath, the Conservative candidate in May’s Mayoral elections, said the day was a great way to encourage more people to shop locally.


He said: “Copeland has some great independent shops and High Street Saturday is a great way to showcase just what we have on offer here.” Ged, himself a former local business owner, having ran Millom post office for ten years from 2006-2016, went on to say;


“I know it’s often easier to use a local supermarket, but our high streets offer a unique individual experience which larger stores just can’t.


“Our high streets have long been a focal point for communities, offering employment for local residents.”


“And as the Conservative Mayoral candidate I’m proud of the support my Party has offered, including delivering £10 billion of business rates support since 2016, including cutting small retailers’ bills by a third.”


Beverley Sharp of Power World, Millom, who has been trading locally since 1997, said “it’s great that Ged is supporting high street Saturday. He’s run his own local business himself and Ged understands the pressures placed upon independent high street retailers like ours. I welcome his support”