Craig Mackinlay MP has encouraged people in his South Thanet constituency to join him in showing their support for high street shops in Ramsgate, Broadstairs and Sandwich by shopping locally this High Street Saturday on 16 March.
This new campaign day aims to celebrate the place of high streets at the heart of communities across the country.
Craig Mackinlay MP commented:
“High streets have long been a place to bring communities together, a place for local people to access vital services and a place for businesses to thrive. But it is becoming harder for businesses on high streets across the country to compete with out-of-town shopping centres and online retailers.
“That’s why I’m calling on people in Ramsgate, Broadstairs and Sandwich to celebrate and support our local high streets this High Street Saturday, 16 March.
“As the national Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Civic Societies, I was pleased to lead an event held recently in Parliament to further the discussion on the future of our High Streets, and how changing purchasing habits, with a rapid rise in internet shopping, means that the traditional view of High Streets as simply a place to shop will not hold into the future. I have also supported government measures to deliver £10 billion of business rates support since 2016 and the £675 million of funding to help community leaders modernise their high streets and town centres.
“High Street Saturday is another great way we can all help the independent businesses we all know and love.”