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Putting local businesses back on the map!

As a Local Historian and author of a number of books, I am honoured to have been asked to contribute to Friends of Leyland magazine on a regular basis. Many readers may have already seen my previous articles in the local and regional newspapers, enjoyed my history posts on social media, or seen my Facebook groups such as ‘ROF Chorley’.

Our community has a great enthusiasm for heritage and social history, and it is evident when you look around Leyland and see the roundabout features, public statues, community groups and much more. It is great to see that the community is keen to learn more and take pride in what came before us, and I am particularly envious that Leyland can boast of having its own excellent local history museum!

I hope that Clewlow’s Community Corner can develop over time to not only contain historical articles but also explore and summarise a range of community stories and news features. In the past, our other publication Friends of Buckshaw Village has included a wide range of articles from how the community has come together during the pandemic to an exclusive insight into many famous events that our local area played a big part in, such as the Dambusters & the ROF Chorley site.

In the special first edition of Friends of Leyland I wanted to highlight how now, more than ever, it is important that we try to support and promote local businesses. It has been a tough 12 months for all of us but as we now look towards life beginning to return to some form of normality, it is vital that our local independent businesses survive and we play our part to ensure they do.

There are all kinds of reasons to support local, and this isn’t confined to businesses within any single sector or industry. All aspects of trade can benefit from the support of loyal and local customers, but in turn, this can then also directly benefit the customer, their wider community and our overall environment. A high percentage of takings at a local or independent business finds their way back into the local economy elsewhere.

There are all kinds of hypothetical scenarios based around an idea showing that when local traders earn money, they go and spend it elsewhere within the locality, then money stays within the local area. The knock-on effect of local shops being successful is that they are potentially generating employment for local people. So whether you can show your support by heading in-store and using a local business, choosing to contact one of the many great businesses inside our community magazine or prefer to shop online, let’s put our local businesses first!

If you have any stories to share or if you have a particular interest that you might like to see feature within Clewlow’s Community Corner, please don’t hesitate to contact me on saclewlow@yahoo.com or you can ring Friends of Leyland on: 01257 834 586