To help Redditch’s economy bounce back from the impact of coronavirus, the town’s MP, Rachel Maclean, is urging residents to #ShopLocal to support small and independent businesses.

Non-essential shops were allowed to re-open in June as the Government cautiously lifted some of the lockdown restrictions.

To help town centres re-open, the Government gave Redditch £75,088 from the Reopening High Streets Safely Fund to help councils introduce a range of safety measures in a move to kick-start local economies, get people back to work and customers back to the shops.

And despite businesses in Redditch receiving a total of £13.2 million in grants, the town’s small and independent businesses will still the need the support of shoppers to help them bounce back.

To show her support, Rachel recently visited a number of businesses in Astwood Bank, including the Premier Shop, Pete the Meat, Destin Hair and the Bell Inn to hear directly from business owners about the impact of coronavirus, as well as to encourage residents to #ShopLocal.

Speaking to the owner of the award-winning Destin Hair, Paul Farr, he told Rachel that the grant he received from the Government was a lifeline for his business.

Rachel said: “We know coronavirus has hit our economy hard, and despite the millions of pounds of grants businesses in Redditch have received, they will still need our support to help them bounce back. I’d encourage everyone to #ShopLocal and to support our town’s small and independent businesses. They are the backbone of Redditch’s economy so let’s support them as much as possible.”