“Local shops lie at the heart of our towns and villages, and it’s never been more important to support local retailers and suppliers than now,” says Owen Laverty, Head of Economics and Enterprise Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council.
“We’re all about place making and creating a more attractive retail environment for shoppers and residents here in Dun Laoghaire Rathdown (DLR).
“One of the biggest changes in the last few months is the number of local outlets that have developed websites so you can shop online. There’s no need to stick to the big international online retailers – check locally to see what’s available, you might be surprised to see how many great Irish producers and retailers will now deliver straight to your door.”
One of the novel shopping experiences this year will be DLR’s Virtual Christmas Market.
“This will be a great opportunity to showcase the wide range of exciting and innovative businesses across the area and will be hosted on DLR’s Events Facebook,” said Owen.
“Businesses can shoot their own video, no more than one minute in duration. Tell us about your business, what you have for sale this Christmas and include your business name, web address, email address and phone contact both on screen and in your covering message to us.”
Entries close on December 11 and entries must provide an online sales service or a click and collect facility.
Another popular business initiative is the Shop Front Improvement Scheme.
Along with aiding the enhancement of shop facades and streetscapes, it further helps to increase the local and visitor footfall to the area. See this link for more.