Knight urges Silhillians to shop local for High Street Saturday

Julian Knight MP has encourages Solihull residents to join him in shopping locally this weekend to support ‘High Street Saturday’.

As part of the new campaign, intended to help celebrate the unique character of town centres in places such as Solihull, shoppers are being encouraged to:

  • Pledge to shop locally on High Street Saturday
  • Share photos and messages online using #HighStreetSaturday
  • Encourage local councils to make good use of the Future High Street Fund, provided by the Government to make high streets and town centres fit for the future.

High streets have long been a place to bring communities together, a place for local people to access vital services and a place for businesses to thrive. But, the Government recognises that it is becoming harder for businesses on high streets across the country to compete with out-of-town shopping centres and online retailers. That’s why the Conservatives in government have:

  • Delivered over £10 billion of business rates support since 2016, including cutting small retailers’ bills by a third.
  • Backed community leaders with £675 million of funding to help modernise their high streets and town centres.

High Street Saturday is a chance for local people to come together to celebrate and support the high streets at the heart of their local communities.

Speaking ahead of the campaign, Julian Knight said:

“I have always been proud to support local and independent retailers, whether through my Best Local Shop competition or other campaigns such as Independents Day. I welcome this new initiative to boost our high street and hope residents will join me in taking part.”