Make It Local Campaign Comes to Newcatle
‘Make It Local’ Initiative Launches in Newcastle
On Saturday 27 February, Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chairperson, Councillor Mickey Ruane was delighted to officially launch the ‘Make it Local’ campaign at Mourne Markets in Newcastle.
The ‘Make it Local’ initiative, which is being promoted across the primary towns in the Newry, Mourne and Down District Council area, aims to encourage people to shop locally and to market the use of local produce throughout the district. The initiative is supported by the Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIRTA) and was initially endorsed by Councillor Naomi Bailie in an effort to support local businesses and to help them overcome their concerns in the current economic situation.
Mourne Markets is keen to adapt the ‘Make it Local’ initiative and showcase local produce in a market place platform. They are registered with the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland and were successful in obtaining funding from Big Lottery Awards to restore a derelict building at 18 Railway Street, Newcastle. Given the building’s historical association with markets, this was a great opportunity to bring the purpose of the building back into use as a market. This is an excellent opportunity for local home grown businesses to sell local produce with Mourne Markets fully embracing the ‘Make it Local’ campaign.
Newry, Mourne and Down District Chairperson, Councillor Mickey Ruane said, “Council is encouraging businesses from all natures to welcome the ‘Make it Local’ campaign and encourage people to think local first. The need for Council to work in partnership with local traders has been recognised and while the pressing issues may not be resolved immediately it is encouraging to see these challenges being addressed.”
As the concept is launched across the district, a variety of promotional materials will be made available. These include shop window stickers and promotional postcards for use at specialised events.
Councillor Ruane added “I am delighted to be launching the ‘Make it Local’ campaign in Newcastle. I look forward to seeing the engagement with other towns across Newry, Mourne and Down District Council. I would encourage everyone to support the concept and adopt the ‘Make it Local’ message in order to create vibrant and sustainable town centres in our area.”