Logo made up of words 'live love local' and including the HM Gov and ERDF logos

As a second national lockdown approaches, North Devon Council is appealing to residents to continue supporting local businesses to safeguard the future of the district's high streets.

Following the first lockdown, the council had teamed up with its main towns to create the 'Live Love Local' campaign,  which aimed to help high streets and support local businesses to reopen and operate safely - and encourage residents to shop, buy and eat local.

With the government's recent announcement that we will be entering a second national lockdown from tomorrow (Thursday 5 November), the campaign will now focus on the ways residents can continue to support local businesses while many of them are closed; for example by shopping locally online, using click and collect services, buying vouchers to spend later and shopping safely in those shops that are eligible to remain open. These steps will ensure North Devon's town centre businesses are able to return to the high street once lockdown is over.

As part of its campaign, the council is compiling a directory of businesses offering alternative ways to buy from them during lockdown on a webpage dedicated to the campaign - www.northdevon.gov.uk/livelovelocal. Local businesses are asked to contact the council, should they wish to be included in the directory.

Lead Member for Economic Development and Regeneration at North Devon Council, Councillor Malcolm Prowse says: "This is a worrying and unsettling time for everyone, and our independent retail, leisure and hospitality businesses are no exception. It is imperative that we get behind our local businesses to help them through this challenging time and ensure our local economy stays secure while we all do our bit to keep the infection rate in North Devon low. 

"You can continue to support your local high street by shopping locally online, using the click and collect services set up by many of our local businesses, ordering takeaways from our eateries, buying vouchers to spend once our shops, bars, restaurants, cinemas and beauty businesses have reopened and safely visiting those essential shops that are remaining open.

"There's no doubt about it, we are facing a big challenge. We got through it before and we'll get through it again - but it's more important than ever that we support our local businesses in the coming weeks to ensure their survival and return to the high street following lockdown."

Tips and advice on how to support local businesses can be found on the 'Live Love Local' Facebook and Instagram pages (@livelovelocalnorthdevon) and residents are asked to help spread the word by following the campaign and sharing posts. Businesses are invited to advertise free of charge on the social media pages by tagging the page or using #livelovelocal or #livelovelocalnorthdevon in their posts. Independent businesses that would like to be included in the 'Live Love Local' directory of online shops should email communications@northdevon.gov.uk

The council's 'Live Love Local' campaign is supported by the European Regional Development Fund and HM Government.