A new website has been launched as part of the campaign to encourge even more people to Shop Local. The website www.shopinstroud.com has a full online directory of town traders and products as well as the latest news, events and promotions.
The new initiative is managed by the town’s Chamber of Trade whose vice-chair Sabrina Pace-Humphreys commented: "At a time when the prevalence of chain stores has turned many of Britain’s High Streets into soulless copies of each other, Stroud is a welcome relief, offering a unique shopping experience unrivalled by any town or city in the locality."
"Where else would you find a specialist fairy store as you shopped for your weekly groceries, or stumble across a fossil shop as you sauntered through the streets? Boasting not one but two independent record shops – a rare occurrence even in cities – and a whole host of wonderful shops you won’t find anywhere else, Stroud really does have something for everyone."
The Town Council has been fully behind the Shop Local campaign from the start and is a major funder of town centre events, initiatrives and improvements. Town Mayor Andy Read (pictured left at the town’s weekly Farmers Market) said: "It’s fantastic to see such partnership working going on between traders in our town. This is exactly the sort of innovative idea that will continue to set Stroud apart from the clone towns we see elsewhere."
Article added online: 22nd June 2010
Picture by Andy Read