Richmond mayor visits town’s businesses and urges people to continue shopping local

Cllr Lorraine Hodgson with Scott Caygill and Mandy Matika, at Arthur Caygill Cycles.

Richmond’s mayor is visiting shops and businesses across the town to find out how they have coped during the pandemic.

Councillor Lorraine Hodgson is calling in to as many stores as she can, and has already visited around half.

The councillor said she felt it was important to make the effort to speak to businesses to find out how they were coping.

“I thought it was important to show my face and let people know who I was.

“A lot of people have told me that they simply wouldn’t still be in business if it wasn’t for the Government grants and loans — they have been a real life savers for many businesses, especially the small shops.”

Cllr Hodgson said it was important people continued to shop local.

“It’s really important that we keep supporting local businesses – a sale to local shop makes a real difference and will help to keep them going.

“We have some fantastic small businesses in Richmond and you really don’t need to go anywhere else for most things.”

Cllr Hodgson with Jo Gibson, from Gibson Tiles.
Cllr Hodgson with Roger and Janet Nutting at Out of the Box.

The mayor said she was disappointed that several major events on Richmond’s social calendar could not be held this year including the annual Meet, but she added that she would be attending as many public events as possible during her year in office and welcomed invitations from local businesses and community groups.

Cllr Hodgson will be selling Richmond Meet badges in the market square this Saturday and the following Saturday.