Chamber Chat – Sandra Cottam-Shea

December 12, 2018 - 2:00pm

Chamber Chat – Sandra Cottam-Shea

This year has flown by and here we are again, almost Christmas.

This is the season to spend never mind anything else and our consumeristic lifestyle goes through the roof.

I’m not going to get into the politics nor the religious sentiment of the above statement, but I do want to touch on the community side of it. After all, this is what the Chamber is about, the business community of our area.

The retail sector has been hit hard with e-commerce and fulfilment centres. Faceless and nameless delivering to your door. I get the convenience of it all and being in the logistics industry it is great for us, but…

Whatever your viewpoint on Christmas the overriding point of the festive period is being together. Family, friends, loved ones, getting in touch with people you don’t speak to the rest of the year.

 It’s the biggest social event on our calendar and one which is much improved if you can come into the community and do your shopping.

I’m not a big shopper on or off line but I do love going Christmas shopping either on my own or with friends and making an event of it. Coffee shops, restaurants, bars and then jumping on local transport homeward bound.

Plenty of incentives with the shop and skate scheme, the Christmas lights (thanks BID) and local markets. Who knows, spending some money locally and spreading a little happiness and Christmas cheer could impact someone’s life in a positive manner. It will impact yours and your community. 


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