A NEW venture set up to promote the town’s independent traders believes if every Whitby resident spent £5 a week on the high street it would put almost £3 million a year into the local economy.
Totally Locally Whitby, a campaign similar to others rolled out elsewhere in the country, supports local businesses and the unique charm of the community.
It is being co-ordinated by Kate Longmate after she met up with organisers of a scheme in Calderdale.
The idea is that by supporting local businesses and helping make them more successful, they in turn would use other local firms and suppliers.
Over the past few weeks a group of independent traders from both sides of the town and who have businesses ranging from pubs, b&bs, cafes and butchers shops have been meeting up to take the idea forward.
It will launch later this month and is inviting other traders and people interested in town centre life to join them and hear about their forthcoming plans and events.
Kate said: “It is about shopping locally and about independent traders but it is not anti-supermarket. It is as much about talking to people at the shop, learning the name of the person at the till, admiring the view or going to the museum and having a sociable town.”
The meeting is on Wednesday 20 February at La Rosa, 7pm.