Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council has recently launched a campaign ‘Back in Business’ aimed at supporting local businesses and town centres in the Covid-19 recovery process as well as encouraging local residents to support their local businesses and shop local.
To date, over 200 businesses from across Antrim, Ballyclare, Crumlin, Glengormley and Randalstown have registered for the initiative which is funded by the Department for Communities (DfC) and Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAREA) through their Town Centre Recovery Revitalisation Programme. The registered businesses have been part of a borough-wide ‘Back in Business’ promotion which to date, has included radio advertising, outdoor media and an extensive social media campaign. This week, the first 200 registered businesses will also be receiving a merchandise pack including branded Back in Business bags, face coverings, posters, window stickers as well as a five litre drum of hand sanitiser.
Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Jim Montgomery said,
“I am really encouraged by the enthusiastic response to date from our local traders. The past number of months have been extremely difficult for business owners and I am delighted to see that we are well into the recovery process. The ‘Back in Business’ campaign gives our local businesses the extra promotion they need during this time and I would encourage those who are yet to register, to take the time to do so."
Communities Minister Carál Ní Chuilín said:
“As an Executive we are committed to supporting our town and city centres as they emerge from this pandemic. I appreciate that the current environment still presents very real challenges for businesses who are working hard to deliver for their staff, customers and community. This initiative by Antrim and Newtownabbey, through the investment from my Department and DAERA, shows that the council is very much in business. I would encourage people to support our town and city centres at the same time as ensuring to comply with the restrictions in place to keep everyone safe.”
DAERA Minister Edwin Poots added,
“The impact of the pandemic on customer confidence on rural towns and villages as a retail destination has been unprecedented in recent decades. As lockdown restrictions are being eased and non-essential shops and services, cafes, bars and restaurants are opening for business it is incumbent on central government, in partnership with local councils to provide the assistance required that will help restore visitor and worker confidence that town centres and villages are safe places to work, visit and shop.”
For more information or to register your business visit www.antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk/backinbusiness