South Leicestershire MP Alberto Costa has called for people across South Leicestershire and the wider county to ‘shop local’ and frequent the independent businesses in high streets across Leicestershire as shops and businesses reopen across the UK.
Last week, Alberto visited Blaby Town Centre with the Leader of Blaby District Council, Cllr Terry Richardson, and the Blaby District Portfolio Holder for Community Services, Cllr Les Phillimore, to speak with local shop owners and business people and to see the new range of measures Blaby District had installed in the town centre for the reopening on Monday 15th June.
Alberto said, “I am immensely that proud that South Leicestershire is home to such a fantastic and diverse array of small, independent shops. These small businesses are the backbone of our local and national economy and of course it’s tremendously important that we do all we can to support independent retailers through this pandemic. I know many retailers have been deeply concerned by the effects of the coronavirus, but it was a real pleasure to speak to so many local shop owners in Blaby; to hear their thoughts about the safe reopening of the town centre and to hear their enthusiasm in wanting to get their doors reopened and to get customers in their shops”.
Alberto added, “I would like to thank Terry, Les and the whole team at Blaby District Council who I know have been working tirelessly to get Blaby’s Town Centre reopened as soon as it safe to do so. Blaby has always been a hugely popular destination for shoppers, and it’s really good to see so many customers and local people out in high numbers and shopping safely. The importance of our local high streets really cannot be underestimated, they need our support all year round, so I would encourage constituents and residents across Leicestershire to visit their local businesses and to try and shop local as much as possible”.
Alberto is pictured above with (L to R) with Jane Killigrew and Richard Harris of the Blaby Antiques Centre and Leader of Blaby District Council, Cllr Terry Richardson.