Rory met with local business representatives from Brampton at the town’s Howard Arms Hotel in an event organised by the Chairman of the Brampton and District Business Association, Alison Cheetham, to launch the town’s ‘Shop Local for Christmas’ campaign. Rory met and chatted with local business people at the event, which was hosted by the new landlords of the Howard Arms hotel and catered using local suppliers and Cumbrian ingredients, some from Alison’s own business on Front Street, Half Moon Wholefoods.
Rory said: “Brampton boasts an incredibly strong and vibrant business community, and it’s wonderful to see so many representatives here tonight flying the flag for its local shops, producers and businesses. From care home managers to agricultural suppliers to wholefoods retailers to newsagents, there is an impressively broad range of businesses that are represented by the Association, who are doing a fantastic job of promoting the advantages of local shopping, not just at Christmas but all year round. As ever, I am struck by how self-reliant and enterprising Brampton is, and I wish everyone a very successful trading period this Christmas.”
Chairman of the BDBA, Alison Cheetham, said: “We were very pleased to be able to host our MP at the start of our shop local campaign. We’ve picked on four good reasons why Brampton is good for your Christmas shopping: you can find most everything you need from Christmas fayre to stocking fillers; you can find a great amount of local produce; there’s free parking; and you’ll always be assured of a personal service.”
“As part of the campaign, the Association’s environmentally-friendly Brampton Bags will again be on sale. The bags first appeared in 2008 subsidised by Sustainable Brampton and the Brampton Chamber of Trade. They are being sold at the same price, £1.50, and will be available in a number of shops around town. Some shops have also indicated they will be opening on the last three Sundays before Christmas, and the Business Association is also supporting Sustainable Brampton’s Christmas Farmers’ Market on Saturday 17th December.”
The Brampton and District Business Association evolved in 2010 from the Brampton Chamber of Trade and has a membership ranging from town centre shops to businesses outside of town as far afield as Warwick Mill. The Association also organises the annual Brampton Festival market held every June/July.