Shop local campaign gets backing of Hartlepool Council’s regeneration chairman

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A NEW Hartlepool Mail campaign has been welcomed for the way it fits in with the vision for the future of the town.

Just 24 hours after we launched our Shop Local, Eat Local, Play Local campaign, we got backing from Coun Robbie Payne, the chairman of the regeneration services committee at Hartlepool Borough Council.

He said: “It is important that the people who earn their money in Hartlepool spend their money in Hartlepool. I support this as a local resident.”

Our new campaign aims to celebrate the success of our local retailers and help ensure they continue to play a prominent role in a vibrant Hartlepool.

To achieve that aim, we are encouraging people to support businesses in Hartlepool by shopping locally and re-acquainting themselves with the offer on their own doorstep.

Coun Payne said that, although Hartlepool’s residents enjoys relatively high average earnings when compared to other areas, the money was not always staying in town.

“There is leakage to other neighbouring authorities. If we can get the right investment, most people will want to spend their money here.

“As an authority, we want to help local businesses and we have awarded more than £40,000 in business grants to 29 start-ups in the six months from April to October. We think it is important to attract young entrepreneurs to the town.”

Coun Payne said the Mail’s campaign was ideal at a time when the town was looking to develop the new Hartlepool Vision.

Proposals are still in the early stages and open to further planning, but eight key areas will be part of the campaign to breathe new life and jobs into the town.

In the meantime, people can play their part in supporting the town’s economy – and by following our new campaign.

In the coming weeks, we will report on local businesses that are supporting the campaign and we want to include even more of our local entrepreneurs in Shop Local, Eat Local, Play Local.

We want to hear from local businesses interested in backing the campaign.

Get in touch and tell us your story.

Play your part by contacting Chris Cordner on (01429) 239377 or email

Click here for more details and stories about our campaign.