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'All of us in Northern Ireland have a civic duty to shop local and help our small retailers'

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Empty feeling: Belfast city centre on the first day of the new lockdown last week

Empty feeling: Belfast city centre on the first day of the new lockdown last week

Empty feeling: Belfast city centre on the first day of the new lockdown last week

"My business survived the Troubles, countless recessions and the challenge of online, but I don't think it will survive until Christmas."

That was what a local independent retailer told me last week after hearing his business will be closed in this circuit breaker, saying he couldn't afford to lose two weeks of this all-important trading time of the year. Case studies like this are sadly all too common.

We need to be very clear - this Christmas is not about recovery; it is about the survival of thousands of independent retail and hospitality businesses that believe they will be lucky to see in the New Year.


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