THE Limerick Chamber has called on city people to shop local this Christmas.
With just under five weeks until the big day, it is hoped that the city centre is in for a timely boost.
The Chamber’s call has been backed up by Fine Gael councillor Jim Long, a member of Limerick City Council, who pointed out that supporting local traders can have a lasting ripple effect which cannot be replicated by using multi-national firms.
“Local businesses are feeling the pinch more than ever and any support given to them would benefit the whole area,” he said.
He added: “Local businesses are more likely to utilise other local services and suppliers, So the money you invest is re-invested in other businesses. Small local businesses are the largest employers in the country, the less people that have long distances to commute to work the better for the economy and the environment.”
Cllr Long added: “We have wonderful stores in the city, with traders who are to be admired for their resilience and innovation. Nobody wants to see any more closures of businesses or stores. Given that this is the time of year where we will spend a few euro on presents for others, whatever your budget, give some thought in using your euro to the best advantage locally.”
Chamber chief executive, Maria Kelly added: “The lighting of the streets marks the start of Limerick Christmas Fest 2012, an initiative which we are proud to sponsor and be associated with. The Chamber is also delighted to bring a full calendar of festive events to the city at the Milk Market once again, complementing the great retail and café offering that city has to offer.”
She added: “I would encourage people to visit the city to do their Christmas shopping this year and support local businesses. Stylish shopping, superb eating and drinking and a jam-packed events programme against a city centre backdrop of glittering festive lights make Limerick a magical place to be this Christmas,” she concluded. From Saturday, December 8, until New Year’s Eve, Limerick City Council is set to offer free parking from 2pm until close of business every day in the hope of increasing trade.